Likely false, according to Brian Bolduc’s article, defending Ryan in the National Review: “Aides past and present have denied Beam’s claim.”
More from Bolduc’s article:
In a recent interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Ryan explained how the Catholic teaching on subsidiarity informed his approach to public policy:
“To me, the principle of subsidiarity, which is really federalism, meaning government closest to the people governs best, having a civil society [on] the principle of solidarity where we, through our civic organizations, through our churches, through our charities, through all of our different groups where we interact with people as a community, that’s how we advance the common good.”
Left-wing Catholics may dispute Ryan’s interpretation of the Church’s teaching or emphasize other aspects of it, but there’s no biblical commandment for Ryan to agree with them. Theirs is an honest disagreement.
From what I’ve gleaned, Ryan is just of the belief that the government should only provide a very limited safety net, and that the bulk of charity should come through private, not state-driven means.
For reference, the full text of Bolduc’s article on Ryan can be found here.