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Posted April 25, 2012
Catholics to Protest Paul Ryan at Georgetown University
Join GU Faculty, Bishops, and Theologians in Opposing Ryan Budget, Which Gives Tax Breaks to the Wealthy at Expense of the Poor
Washington — Joining a growing drumbeat of Catholic backlash against Rep. Paul Ryan for his immoral budget proposal, Catholics and people of faith will stage a protest with a 50’ banner reading “WERE YOU THERE WHEN THEY CRUCIFIED THE POOR?” when he comes to Georgetown University tomorrow to give the Whittington Lecture.
Background: Rep. Ryan’s budget proposal is an outrageous slap in the face to our nation’s poorest and most vulnerable citizens. Economic inequality is growing, unemployment is frustratingly high and millions are holding on by just their fingertips. In the face of this, Rep. Ryan astonishingly used his Catholic faith as justification for breaking our covenant with seniors by ending Medicare as we know it and and dismantling food aid for the poor, all while rewarding the wealthy with massive tax cuts.
Faculty at Georgetown University, and now even the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, have condemned Ryan’s budget as failing the moral test incumbent upon people of faith. Catholics United has launched a petition signed by more than 6,500 people decrying this attack on the poor. Find out more about the petition here: http://www.catholics-united.org/paul-ryan-budget-petition.
What: Photo opportunity with fifty lay Catholics and a 50’ banner asking Rep. Paul Ryan, “WERE YOU THERE WHEN THEY CRUCIFIED THE POOR?” An actor playing “GOP Jesus” will also be on hand.
Who: Students, faculty and staff of Georgetown University, and faith-based groups, including Catholics United.
When: Thursday, April 26, 2012, immediately following the conclusion of the Whittington Lecture. The lecture is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.
Where: Meeting on the sidewalk in front of Healy Hall, 37th and O St. NW, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
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