February 21, 2011

Catholic bishops across the U.S. are reminding state legislatures and their fellow citizens that the nation's budgetary problems are not over and must not be resolved on the backs of the poor.

Typical of the bishops' comments were those of the Massachusetts bishops who said governments face excruciating choices.

"Our plea is that in the decisions facing our elected officials, and in the discussions and actions of all citizens, there be preserved, for the sake of human dignity, a special place and regard for the vulnerable."

Many echoed the message delivered by Jennifer Allmon in Feb. 2 testimony before the Senate finance committee on behalf of the state's 15 active bishops: "The charitable community in Texas does not have the capacity to absorb the needs created" by state budget cuts.