I want Catholics to be sure to read this quote from Mary Katherine Ham at Hot Air in an article about Paul Ryan.
With Ryan on the ticket, the debate should no longer be about contraception and the deferred cancer-causing capabilities of Bain investments.
It’s true that the movement behind Paul Ryan (which I will not refer to as conservative) is of the belief that having Paul Ryan, a Catholic, on the ticket means we won’t be talking any more about the contraception mandate.
In my previous post, I explained the danger of having Catholicism presented as something it is not, with a Catholic candidate promoting a budget that weighs more heavily on the poor than on others. The same holds true with the HHS mandate, and social issues, as well. Paul Ryan is no more Catholic than Joe Biden is. He is, like Joe Biden, a politician who puts ideology above his faith. Like Joe Biden, he will cause mass confusion about what Catholicism really is.
I would have supported the GOP ticket if Mitt Romney had selected Rick Santorum, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Bobby Jindal, Mike Huckabee, etc, etc, etc, for his running mate. He has selected a running mate who identifies as Catholic but is not actually Catholic in his legislation or in his campaigning as one who puts dollars in priority above everything else.
If you feel you must support the Romney/Ryan ticket, that is your business, but glorying in it only serves to intensify the confusion people have about Catholicism. Just keep that in mind.
I am Catholic first.