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Nuns off the bus

Cherry blossoms are in bloom at sunrise across from the Jefferson Memorial in Washington on Wednesday March 26, 2008. The trees are predicted to be in peak bloom from March 27 through April 3, 2008, according to the park service's chief horticulturist, Rob DeFeo. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)  ORG XMIT: DCJM101 (Jacquelyn Martin / The Spokesman-Review)
Cherry blossoms are in bloom at sunrise across from the Jefferson Memorial in Washington on Wednesday March 26, 2008. The trees are predicted to be in peak bloom from March 27 through April 3, 2008, according to the park service's chief horticulturist, Rob DeFeo. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) ORG XMIT: DCJM101 (Jacquelyn Martin / The Spokesman-Review)

The nuns who traveled 2700 miles to educate citizens about the budget proposal of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. arrived at the nation’s capital on Monday.

 The sisters claim that the budget proposal rejects Catholic social teaching principles because it favors the rich –ignoring the option for the poor as well as the common good.

 Catholic social teaching is a response to issues within our society. The church is in an ongoing dialogue with contemporary issues and applies Catholic social teaching principles to those issues, edgy issues.

 "Far too many Catholics are not familiar with the basic content of Catholic social teaching. More fundamentally, many Catholics do not adequately understand that the social teaching of the Church is an essential part of Catholic faith. This poses a serious challenge for all Catholics, since it weakens our capacity to be a Church that is true to the demands of the Gospel. We need to do more to share the social mission and message of our Church."
Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions
U.S. Catholic Bishops

 Welcome home, sisters, and thank you for using your prophetic voice to share the social mission and message of our Church on behalf of all those Americans who have been ignored.

(S-R archives photo)




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