First Topic - The USCCB vs the Ryan Budget
Back in April the USCCB sent four separate letters to the US House and Senate criticizing the House-passed budget, known as the Ryan budget, for failing to meet certain "moral criteria" by disproportionately cutting programs that "serve poor and vulnerable people." The letters followed Paul Ryan's comments that his Catholic faith shaped the budget he authored. He also argued the budget is consistent with Catholic teachings. We talk about it with Catholic economist Sam Gregg.
Second Topic - Intrigue Continues at the Vatican
Last week Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican's chief spokesman, said it will take time to restore trust within the walls of the Vatican and ease the pain caused by a leaks scandal that led to the arrest of Pope Benedict's butler. "Clearly to restore a climate of serenity and trust is a process, it is not something that can be solved in a few days," said Lombardi, "But we have started and we are moving ahead." Paolo Gabriele, the papal butler arrested on May 23 as part of an investigation into the "Vatileaks" scandal, was questioned by Vatican prosecutor Piero Antonio Bonnet for the second straight last Wednesday in the tiny city-state's tribunal. We talk to Kishore Jayabalan, director of the Acton Institute's Rome office.