Catholic teaching offers no blueprint for solving a crisis like the present one. There is, however, a role for the Church in expressing pastoral concern and encouraging politicians to work together to maintain the common good of all citizens, especially the most vulnerable, such as the indigent elderly, those with disabilities and the working poor. Budget issues are complicated and can seem too technical for the layperson, but decisions made on fiscal policy can have enormous impact on the good of society. One has only to look at the unrest in Greece to see how national budget decisions can lead to turmoil that threatens the stability of society. Austerity measures may be necessary to address the current fiscal crisis the U.S. faces, but it is vital to enlist the support of the American public and that will require bi-partisan cooperation leading to bi-partisan solutions.