"I suppose that there are some Catholics who’ve for a long time thought they had a monopoly of sorts not exactly on heaven but on the Social Teaching of our church. Of course there can be differences among faithful Catholics on this. The work I do as a Catholic holding office, conforms to the Social Doctrine as best I can make of it. What I have to say on the Social Doctrine of the church, is from the viewpoint of (a) Catholic in politics, applying my understanding to the problems of the day."
(speech at Georgetown University on April 26, 2012, Paul Ryan responded to near-universal Catholic critique of his budget)