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TCA on Romney's Selection of Paul Ryan as Running Mate

August 11, 2012

Maureen Ferguson and Ashley McGuire of The Catholic Association (TCA) applaud Governor Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as running mate.

We believe Governor Romney has made an excellent choice.

As a smart, serious Catholic, Congressman Ryan has been steadfast on issues of fundamental principle – defending religious liberty, life, and traditional marriage.

In addition, he has been thoughtful and articulate in applying Catholic principles to the other challenges facing America.

We strongly agree with Congressman Ryan's concerns about the devastating consequences for the poor when out of control deficit spending is allowed to continue. In his own words:

"It is rare in American politics to arrive at a moment in which the debate revolves around the fundamental nature of American democracy and the social contract. But that is exactly where we are today.

"One approach gives more power to unelected bureaucrats, takes more from hard-working taxpayers to fuel the expansion of government, and commits our nation to a future of debt and decline. This approach is proving unworkable – in Congress, in our courts, and in our communities.

"This path fails to do justice to either subsidiarity or solidarity. It dissolves the common good of society, and dishonors the dignity of the human person.

"Our budget offers a better path, consistent with the timeless principles of our nation’s founding and, frankly, consistent with how I understand my Catholic faith.

"We put our trust in people, not in government. Our budget incorporates subsidiarity by returning power to individuals, to families, and to communities.

"We draw inspiration from the Founders’ belief that all people are born with a God-given right to human flourishing.

Protecting this equal right of all persons is required for solidarity – trusting citizens, not nameless government officials, to determine what is in their best interests, and to make the right choices about the future of our country."

(Speech at Georgetown University, April 26, 2012)

Ryan is a Catholic who believes that faith, including his own, has a rightful place in the public square. We believe he can help restore fundamental liberties to our nation.