Catholic Professors Slam Fellow Catholic Boehner
His record is 'among the worst' on protecting the poor
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2011 2:52 PM CDT
House Speaker John Boehner addresses the Economic Club of New York on May 9.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

(Newser) – John Boehner is getting some rough treatment from fellow Catholics today. Ahead of his commencement speech this weekend at Catholic University, a group of professors from there and other Catholic institutions have accused him of failing his church duties to help the needy, reports the Washington Post. In fact, they criticize the proposed 2012 budget under his watch as having "anti-life implications." The National Catholic Reporter has the full text of the letter.

Two snippets drawing attention:

  • “Mr. Speaker, your voting record is at variance from one of the Church’s most ancient moral teachings," the letter states. "Your record in support of legislation to address the desperate needs of the poor is among the worst in Congress."
  • "The 2012 budget you shepherded to passage in the House of Representatives guts long-established protections for the most vulnerable members of society. It is particularly cruel to pregnant women and children..."