Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Circle of Protection: A Statement on Why We Need to Protect Programs for the Poor

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious in the U.S. is one of many signers to this statement.

In the face of historic deficits, the nation faces unavoidable choices about how to balance needs and resources and allocate burdens and sacrifices. These choices are economic, political—and moral.

As Christians, we believe the moral measure of the debate is how the most poor and vulnerable people fare. We look at every budget proposal from the bottom up—how it treats those Jesus called “the least of these” (Matthew 25:45).  They do not have powerful lobbies, but they have the most compelling claim on our consciences and common
resources. The Christian community has an obligation to help them be heard, to join with others to insist that programs that serve the most vulnerable in our nation and around the world are protected.  CLICK HERE to read the entire statement.

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