Following Occupy Catholics’ Good Friday action at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in which we supported Catholics United’s call for Cardinal Dolan to speak out against the Paul Ryan budget proposal, the U.S. Catholic bishops have publicly challenged Ryan’s claim that his budget is consistent with his Catholic faith. In The Hill:

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is criticizing the House Republican budget authored by Rep. Paul Ryan for cutting food stamps and other assistance programs for the poor.

In a letter sent to the House Agriculture Committee on Monday, the bishops say the budget fails to meet certain “moral criteria” by disproportionately cutting programs that “serve poor and vulnerable people.”

A second letter sent Tuesday to the Ways and Means Committee criticizes a provision that makes it more difficult for illegal immigrants to claim child tax credits. The bishops called the credit “one of the most effective antipoverty programs in our nation.”