Give Congressman Paul Ryan credit for persistence.

The Wisconsin Republican and architect of the GOP’s budget plan has spent a month arguing that his party’s proposals to cut programs for the needy while sparing the Defense Department and not raising taxes on the wealthy are in line with the social justice teaching of his own Catholic Church.

And for just as long, Catholic groups and theologians — and even the Catholic bishops — have been saying that in fact the GOP plan fails to meet the basic “moral criteria” of Catholic teaching.

Undaunted, Ryan returned to the fray this week. He penned a column on Thursday in the conservative National Catholic Register saying that the House-passed budget reflects “Catholic social truths.”

That same day, he visited Georgetown University, the flagship Jesuit school and decidedly hostile terrain for Ryan’s strain of economic libertarianism, where he argued for his budget’s priorities despite vocal and visible protests by faculty and students.

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