Shortly before Capitol Hill got down to brass tacks on President Bush’s $2.57 trillion budget for 2006, the spending proposal came under blistering criticism in separate critiques by mainline Protestant leaders and the head of Catholic Charities USA.
The nation’s most vulnerable, namely the poor, stand to suffer because of $214 billion in domestic spending cuts while wealthy Americans will benefit from tax breaks, said the church leaders.
“The prophets said God doesn’t judge us on the eloquence of our preaching or the beauty of sanctuaries,” said Mark Hanson, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. “God will look at the condition of the poor in our midst and judge the quality of faith of God’s people. And based on this year’s budget, God would find us guilty.”