A widening rift between House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Catholic bishops and activists over federal spending captures the power and unpredictability of the Catholic vote this year. . . .
Ryan acknowledged during the Georgetown appearance that “there can be differences among faithful Catholics on this.” The lawmaker, who has been mentioned as a possible Republican vice presidential nominee, earned a public rebuttal from the bishops conference after he said on Fox News last week that those voicing concerns “are not all the Catholic bishops.”
Since then, Ryan has labored to mend fences, penning an article this week in the National Catholic Register that spells out his argument that the national debt is the nation’s leading social problem and that the answer lies not with the federal bureaucracies but with families, communities, and state and local leaders.