Over 150 US Catholic theologians, economists, and other scholars and clergy issued a statement “On All of Our Shoulders” on October 9, 2012. Intended to serve as a corrective to mistaken or partially correct references to Catholic social teaching during the current election season, especially by Republican vice-presidential candidate Representative Paul Ryan, the statement deals with key themes such as the common good, the virtue of prudence and making prudential judgments, the human person as social rather than merely individual, the proper role of government, the principle of subsidiarity, the preferential option for the poor, and the regulation of economic forces. The document takes seriously the Catholic theological tradition on social ethics. It contains relevant quotes from magisterial documents, including Pope Benedict XVI’s social encyclical Caritas in veritate. As Michael Sean Winters notes, signers include a “diverse group of theologians and academics.” I think he’s correct on this observation and therefore that the document should not be ignored or written off because it is allegedly from “lefty” Catholics. Being a Catholic on the left, of course, isn’t necessarily a bad thing; however, it is a bad thing when those who disagree with them simply reject them or what they write outright for being on the left. That a lot of Catholics across generations and across the right-to-left spectrum (if these categories really hold water for theologians who take the Catholic moral tradition seriously) hopefully will help this statement to get considerable attention.