“The care of man, his transcendent dignity and his inalienable rights” are issues that should concern Christians, the pope said.
Because an individual’s health is a “precious asset” to society as well as to himself, governments and other agencies should seek to protect it by “dedicating the equipment, resources and energy so that the greatest number of people can have access.”
Pope Benedict XVI also wrote that access to adequate medical attention was one of the “inalienable rights” of man.
Oh, and there’s this from Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state.
“Justice requires guaranteed universal access to health care,” he said, adding that the provision of minimal levels of medical attention to all is “commonly accepted as a fundamental human right.”
Perhaps Republican Rep. Paul Ryan (who’s fond of discussing how his version of Catholicism guides his political beliefs) should take heed of what the leaders of his church have to say when it comes to health care for all. After all, when the Pope says health care is “an inalienable right he means the right to universal health care comes from the Almighty. In other words God – speaking through the Pope – has said access to health care for every person is a right, not a privilege.
As someone who was raised as a Catholic, I understand the Church’s teachings on social justice, and I know that Paul Ryan is without a doubt on the wrong side of those teachings.