Most of the debate in Catholic circles about Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan has taken place in the arenas of philosophy (e.g., can Ryan claim both Ayn Rand and Catholic social teaching as major influences on his thinking?) and policy (e.g., are Ryan’s plans to “end Medicare as we know it” by turning it into a voucher program, and his plans to slash Medicaid funding proper exercises of his “prudential judgment” in applying the Church’s teachings to public policy?).
Last Saturday the debate shifted to a practical incarnation of Catholic social teaching—the Front Street soup kitchen in Youngstown, Ohio where the Mahoning County St. Vincent de Paul Society serves nearly 100,000 meals a year to the poor of their community.
“The president of Mahoning County’s St. Vincent de Paul Society is “shocked” and “angry” that Republican vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan used the soup kitchen for a “publicity stunt.”