Sharing our blessings and burdens

/ 12 February 2005

The Minnesota Catholic Conference has issued a statement written by the Minnesota bishops entitled “Sharing our blessings and burdens: A pastoral statement on taxation and the state budget.” (pdf version)

The bishops argue -- eloquently and accurately I believe -- that "because human needs require it and other resources are not available to meet these needs, we believe that it is right and proper to raise income taxes justly and equitably." It's about time that our bishops focus on an issue that is at the heart of supporting the common good! And I'm pleased that they've taken a very specific stance. Now it's up to the rest of us to study the document and to act on its teachings.