The purpose of an elected official in a democracy is to represent the voice of his or her constituents. Today, Catholics from Representative John Boehnerâ€™s district in Ohio have let their voices be heard loud and clear, urging him as he works to solve the nationâ€™s debt crisis to â€œseek a compromise that reflects the Catholic values of solidarity with the most vulnerable.â€
One day after the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops voiced their opposition to Boehnerâ€™s debt plan,Â more thanÂ 70 Catholic leaders from Boehnerâ€™s districtÂ issued a statementÂ imploring Boehner to follow his Catholic faith rather than pressure from Tea Party politicians when searching for a solution to the budget crisis. Among the signers were several people affiliated with Xavier University, Boehnerâ€™s alma mater.
â€œWe stand with our Catholic bishops, Christian clergy and other religious leaders who have endorsed the Circle of Protection–a pledge to defend the most vulnerable as our elected leaders make fiscal choices that will impact millions of families,â€ the letter read. â€œSpeaker Boehner, we urge you to honor the values of the Catholic Church you love and show the courage to do what is right as you face extraordinary political pressure.â€ [more]