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  •  We know what Ryan has to say about Pope Francis. (5+ / 0-)

    Ryan is willing to exploit his "devotion" to his religion for political purposes, but in reality there is as much substance to his "religious devotion" as there is to his "work helping the poor in shelters."  

    His true level of religious devotion is the spiritual equivalent of washing clean dishes for a minute or two for a photo-op.  It doesn't matter what the reality is as long as it looks good.  When the leaders of his own church condemn his views, the true level of Ryan's devotion, humility and respect is on display for all to see:

    On the Pope:

    “The guy is from Argentina, they haven’t had real capitalism in Argentina,” Ryan said “They have crony capitalism in Argentina. They don’t have a true free enterprise system.”
    On the bishops of his own church:
    Paul Ryan sought to diminish the importance of letters criticizing his budget from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

    The letters follow Ryan’s comments [...] that his Catholic faith shaped the budget he authored.

    “These are not all the Catholic bishops, and we just respectfully disagree,” Ryan told Fox News..

    See?  You get to disagree with the leaders of your Church and do whatever you want when you don't like what they say ... but you have to respect them and strictly follow what they say when you do agree with them!  Isn't that nice?

    Clearly Paul Ryan understands Christianity and Catholicism better than the Pope.  Or the leaders of his own Church.  

    And a serious observation: Ryan wouldn't admit it, but given his actions and attitudes, he clearly thinks he understands Christianity better than Jesus himself, given that he regularly puts himself in the "superior" position of being able to decide which of Jesus' teachings are really to be followed, and which are optional.

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