From Catholic News Service today:
House member to Cardinal Dolan: Urge Congress to make poor a priority
By Dennis Sadowski
Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON (CNS) — A Catholic Democratic House member has urged New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan to call on Congress to prioritize the needs of poor and vulnerable Americans as the 2013 federal budget is debated.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., ranking Democrat on the labor, health and human services and education subcommittee, suggested in an interview with Catholic News Service April 16 that the U.S. bishops, and Cardinal Dolan in particular, might do well to open a public campaign to protect programs aiding the country’s poor.
DeLauro outlined her concerns in an April 13 letter to Cardinal Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The 22-year member of Congress cited the recent passage in the House of Representatives of the 2013 budget resolution that was written by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. She said the plan would be devastating to millions of out-of-work and low-income Americans.
DeLauro told CNS the church’s moral standing in society would lend a strong voice as the country weighed its priorities and responsibilities.
“What I am asking for is a campaign for the poor, the hungry, the middle class, the people who are going to be eviscerated by the Ryan budget,” DeLauro said.
DeLauro’s letter cited her Catholic faith, which she said guided her entry into public life and continues to frame her view on the role of government in society.
“My church, the Catholic Church, needs to speak out loud on this issue,” she said.
The full article is here.