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Ohio Catholic Statement to Speaker Boehner

Ohio Catholic Statement to Speaker Boehner

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Published by: ProgressOhio251 on Jul 28, 2011
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Ohio Catholic Leaders to Speaker Boehner: Listen toCatholic Church, not Tea Party
As one of the most powerful Catholics in Congress, you are now faced with a monumentalchoice. You can heed the consistent moral calls from Catholic leaders who have urged lawmakersto decrease our debt fairly and protect the most vulnerable, or you can yield to growing political pressure from Tea Party Republicans willing to accept catastrophic default for the first time in our nation’s history.This is a stark choice between responsible leadership that serves the common good and narrowideology that makes tax cuts for the wealthy our most sacred national priority. As Ohio Catholics,we urge you to reject the reckless path urged by many Tea Party leaders in Congress. Now is thetime to seek a compromise that reflects the Catholic values of solidarity with the most vulnerableand prudential judgment.Default would have unacceptable consequences. Independent experts have warned that our nation’s credit rating will be downgraded. Social Security benefits, active-duty military pay, andMedicare and Medicaid payments would be jeopardized. Nutrition assistance for low-income and pregnant women is also at risk. We must do everything possible to avoid these profound moraland political failures.We stand with our Catholic bishops, Christian clergy and other religious leaders who haveendorsed the Circle of Protection – a pledge to defend the most vulnerable as our elected leadersmake fiscal choices that will impact millions of families. Speaker Boehner, we urge you to honor the values of the Catholic Church you love and show the courage to do what is right as you faceextraordinary political pressure. We pray for you and all Members of Congress at this time of national uncertainty.
Rev. Joseph F. Wagner, SJ
Xavier UniversityCincinnati, OH
Sister Donna Gr
Director, JPIC Office
Franciscan Friars (OFM),St. John the Baptist Province
Cincinnati, OH
Br. Joseph Fisher, C.P.P.S.
Provincial Treasurer – Missionaries of the Precious BloodCincinnati, OH
Br. William Grundish, SM
 Cincinnati, OH
Rev. John P. Murphy, S.J.
 Associate Pastor St. Francis Xavier Church
Sister Nancy Crafton SC,
 Director, Los Pobres Inc.Cincinnati, OH
Sister Sarah M. (Sally) Sherman, RSM
Grants Coordinator/Director of Mission IntegrationMercy Neighborhood Ministries, Inc.Cincinnati, OH
Sister Victoria Vondenberger, RSM, JCL
Tribunal OfficeArchdiocese of Cincinnati
Sister Carol Lichtenberg, SND de N
 ProvincialSisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Ohio ProvinceCincinnati, OH
Rev. Benjamin J. Urmston, S.J., PhD
Xavier UniversityCincinnati, OH
John Sniegocki
 Associate Professor of Christian EthicsXavier University
Jennifer Beste
 Associate Professor of Theological EthicsXavier University
Christopher Pramuk 
Assistant Professor of TheologyXavier UniversityCincinnati, OH
Joseph H. Wessling
 Professor Emeritus of EnglishXavier UniversityCincinnati, OH
Suzanne M. Kathman
 Executive Director Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, Inc.Cincinnati, OH
Rev. Richard Bollman, S.J.
 Cincinnati, OH
Br. Robert Wiethorn, SM
 Cincinnati, OH
Provincial Council, Franciscan Friars
 St. John the Baptist Province
 Sister Mary Milano SND de N
Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Reading, OH
Sister Marie Hartmann, RSM
Sisters of Mercy - South Central Community
Sister Elizabeth Schaad, SND de N
 Cincinnati, OH
Sister Judith Clemens, SND de N
 Cincinnati, OH
Sister Louanna Orth, SND de N
 ArchivistCincinnati, OH
Marilyn Kerber, SND de N
Reading, OH
Sister Carol Brenner, SC
 Cincinnati, OH
Sister Martha Walsh, SC
 Cincinnati, OH
Rev. Tom Hemm, C.PP.S.
 Saint Henry, OH
Sister Sally Duffy, SC
 Cincinnati, OH
Sister Marge Kloos, D.Min., SC
 College of Mount St. JosephCincinnati, OH
Sister Mary Wendln, C.PP.S.
 Cincinnati, OH
Rev. Anthony Gambino
 Cincinnati, OH
Sr. Dorothy Ann Blatnica, SC, Ph.D.
 Bedford. OH
Sister Doris Gottemoeller, RSM
Cincinnati, OH

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