A True Catholic VP

The contrast could not be more clear.

But I’m not speaking of the presidential contenders.  Rather, there is real hope for a real change in Catholic vice-presidents.  With the nomination of Congressman Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s choice for vice-president, we see yet another contrast that brings authentic Catholics a choice.  A choice between a cardboard cutout of a Catholic in Biden who dispenses with his faith at every opportunity, and an orthodox family, faith and freedom supporting Catholic-Paul Ryan.

Some might claim that the veeps don’t mean much in a presidential race, but that is short sited at best. Vice presidents can, in the best choices, help define the Presidential candidate by giving us an insight into the top positions approach to social and economic issues. So it was with President Obama who has peppered his administration with pseudo-Catholics who reflect the true anti-family, anti-religion, anti-marriage agenda of the current president.

The Republicans have taken another approach. They have opted for real change in this culture and economy by nominating a real Catholic for vice president.  Not only does Ryan represent a real Catholic for the position, but like all vice presidential picks, speaks of the real possibility of that vice president ascending to the Presidency in the future.

No candidate is perfect, but with this choice, we see a clearer difference between the current administration and one committed to true Catholic aspirations for both now and generations to come. Catholics are a people of hope. And finally, we have a reason for such hope.

Dan Spencer


Dan is the Executive Director of the National Fellowship of Catholic Men and a co-founder of the Catholic Business Network. He has appeared on numerous Catholic media including EWTN television as well as Vatican, Relevant and EWTN radio programs. Dan serves on both the Kansas City Kansas Archdiocesan Advisory Board on Evangelism and Anti-Pornography initiatives. He is a frequent speaker and consultant on Sexual Integrity diocesan programs. Dan spent over 20 years as a senior advertising and marketing executive in national media firms followed more recently by 10 years as a “new media” entrepreneur, investor and consultant. His clients ranged from the NFL to the California Chamber of Commerce to the Rolling Stones. Currently he and his wife own a business in Kansas City while he speaks both nationally and internationally. He and his wife of 37 years, Linda, have four grown children and three grandchildren-all living in the Kansas City area.

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  • Mariel Strauss

    But he wants to work against Medicare.  This will anger many elders, including Catholic elders, who worked all their lives for a decent Medicare program.  Perhaps they will repackage Ryan on this issue, make him more love-friendly.  At this point he represents the judgmental, he will need to have some “love” injected to be palatable.  Santorum would have been more  of a “love” candidate.  We’ll see how they repackage him. 

  • John Moran

    Obamacare is already severely curtailing Medicare, and will drive many doctors out of medicine. and Obamacare aside, if we don’t do something to rein in spending, Medicare, as we know it will be gone. Ryan’s plan will do a lot more to save it than what the Democrats propose; i mean look at the budget the Senate Democrats have put forth. 
    Oh, wait a minute, the Democrats haven’t submitted a budget in over three years, even when they controlled both houses of Congress.
    John M

  • Pargontwin

    Once again, as in the last election, I see events lining up to tip the scales either way.  According to the polls, Obama currently has the lead, but we’ve seen polls tip either way for reasons both great and trivial.  I’m begging all of you, pray the Rosary DAILY, for the intentions of Our Lady of Fatima.  If your busy life doesn’t give you time to sit down and say it all at once, do a decade at a time – five minutes’ worth – even if it’s while you’re “hiding” in the bathroom.  As another commentator on this site has mentioned, depending on who wins in November, thils could well be our last free election. 

  • chaco

    It’s always darkest just B-4 the dawn.   Fatima is hitting 100% on it’s prophesies. The only one left is ; “An era of peace will be given to the World” (July 13, 1917). The World is a Mighty Big Peace.  Best case scenario; Govt. forces Church to pay for changing the meaning of Life, sex & marriage. [We haven’t been thrown to the Lions yet.]   Best case scenario;  An Era of Peace is peeking above the horizon; People are hungering for Life, Liberty & the security of a Family centered Society. Either way, Lucia (primary Fatima witness) has said; “The era of peace starts in individual hearts.”  and  “Come Hell or High Water” this peace cannot be taken from us (see Jn 16: 33).  

  • chaco

    OOPs !  I typed 2 best case scenarios; Govt. forces…  should have been Worst case. Either way,  we still come out the winners.

  • Maryhelen

    I am so thrilled… this is the first glimmer of hope I’ve seen since the 2008 campaign. Thanks be to God. Catholics, I hope we all put our money where our mouth is and vote like true Catholics this time around.

  • dan

     Just a couple notes about the Ryan medicare program:

    1) It won’t negatively effect current seniors who have counted on the program and

    2) Please consider that the “Ryan” plan is dead. Romney will craft a new program that will include parts of Ryan’s plan, but with differences-so let the opposition bring the Ryan plan forward as the enemy-it will be the Romney plan that the GOP will push now, not Ryan’s. In a way, Ryan’s plan was a great test balloon for what to put in the Romney plan eventually.

  • chartres

    Is Ryan’s devotion to Ayn Rand philosophy of selfish individualism just as harmful as Biden’s philosophy of selfish individualism and moral subjectivity? Too bad we can’t have a VP who can sign up to Catholic Social Teaching for a non-confessional environment.