The Least Among You: Calling Out John Boehner

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Abby Zimet

So much for false piety. The supposedly observant Catholic John Boehner is  giving the commencement address Saturday at Catholic University, but his fellow believers have called him out on ignoring the needs of the poor and thus "violating one of the Church's most ancient moral teachings." Over 70 Catholic clergy and scholars sent the Speaker of the House a scathing letter charging his record is "among the worst in Congress." They even sent a helpful resource: a copy of the Vatican's Compendium to remind him of church teaching on social justice issues, adding, "We commend to you (the) discussion of the principles of the common good, the preferential option for the poor, Paragraph 355 on tax revenues, solidarity, and support for the vulnerable."

"It is good for Catholic universities to host powerful public figures, even Catholics such as yourself who fail to recognize important aspects of Catholic teaching. We hope that this visit will reawaken your familiarity with the teachings of your Church on matters of faith and morals as they relate to governance."

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