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Boehner Criticized for Acting Anti-Catholic

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TEHRAN, May 13 (ICANA) – A group of prominent Catholic scholars and theologians is criticizing U.S. House Speaker John A. Boehner for being "anti-life" because they say his policies hurt the poor and, therefore, violate the basic teachings of the Catholic Church. Thestir.cafemom.com
Friday, May 13, 2011 11:37:05 AM
Boehner Criticized for Acting Anti-Catholic

Three days before House Speaker John A. Boehner is scheduled to deliver the commencement address at Catholic University, dozens of faculty at Catholic colleges - including many from the university - have written to the Catholic speaker, criticizing him for having a record "among the worst in Congress'' on protecting the poor. Boston.com

The letter accuses Boehner of being the "shepherd" of the Republican House 2012 budget proposal which "guts long-established protections for the most vulnerable members of society." Examiner.com

The scholars said the House Republicans' fiscal 2012 budget, which passed with no Democratic support in April, was "particularly cruel" to pregnant women and children by slashing funds for maternal and child-health programs. Politico.com

The professors went on to criticize Boehner for his support of cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and the Women Infants and Children nutrition program specifically, while backing $3 trillion worth of tax cuts for the wealthy. Philly.com

House Republicans earlier this year approved a budget for the 2012 federal spending year that begins Oct. 1. It not only includes deep cuts in social programs, but also would transform Medicaid, a federal-state program that covers health costs for the poor, into a block grant for the states, giving them broad authority to design their own programs. Dispatch.com

Boehner was raised a Catholic in Ohio; the signers of the letter did not ask him to forgo giving the address or demand that Catholic University withdraw its invitation. Philly.com

The sharply worded letter is one of the most-intense attacks on Boehner for his effort to slash federal budgets to reduce the deficit. Dispatch.com

Boehner is seeing a similar kind of criticism targeted toward President Obama when honored by a Catholic university, the idea that their policies violate teachings of the Catholic church. Content.usatoday.com

A similar situation occurred back in 2009 with President Obama, who had been invited to receive an honorary degree at the University of Notre Dame. Thestir.cafemom.com

Many Catholics were outraged because of Obama's stance on abortion rights, and some bishops even demanded the university rescind the invitation. Thestir.cafemom.com

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