Joe Biden and John Boehner: Our Faith Inspires Political Compromise

Millennial co-founder Christopher Hale has a new article at Time. He writes:

Biden and Boehner’s invitation to Notre Dame wasn’t without some controversy. Both have political positions that stand in profound contrast to the Church’s teachings, including Biden’s support for abortion rights and Boehner’s support for budget cuts for programs that serve the poor. Yet unlike the reaction to President Barack Obama’s 2009 address at the university, when 83 American bishops protested it because of president’s support for abortion rights, many leading Catholic bishops in the U.S. remained quiet on Notre Dame’s decision to honor Biden and Boehner, and some privately supported it….

I spoke to the two political leaders about how their faith inspires their work in politics….

Biden, the first Catholic vice president, told me that he credits his faith for helping instill in him this desire to collaborate with others….

Like Biden, Boehner says that his faith inspired him to go beyond partisanship to work for the common good. Boehner told me that’s one of the main reasons he decided to invite Pope Francis to address Congress last September. He said he sensed that the nation could “benefit profoundly from the experience of hearing directly from the Holy Father in the chamber that is the symbol of our democracy.”…

Civility and compromise are often mocked and misunderstood in modern political discourse. Ideologues try to suggest that it is somehow abandoning one’s values. But here’s the truth: compromise is a fundamentally American value. The nation’s Constitution itself is a document of concessions between competing people and interests.

You can read the full article here.