To the editor:
Father John Catoir’s February column, "Facts show nation is going the wrong way" is a disgrace to the Catholic Church and an insult to the American people. Christ defended the poor when it was politically incorrect to do so. Father Catoir mentions that 70 percent of those called by Gallup believe that the U.S.A. is moving in the wrong direction. I share the same opinion.
Fiction: The ship of the state is slowly sinking. It has three holes in the hull (Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid).
Facts: The ship is sinking rapidly due to three big holes in the hull: unemployment due to outsourcing of factories, mostly to China; unnecessary energy imports; and corruption of elected U.S. officials.
Father Catoir cannot compare the countries in Europe, which are very poor and exhausted regarding natural resources, with the U.S.A., enormously rich in natural resources: gas, timber, agriculture, oil, etc. Socialism with its faults is not the cause of the disparity in wealth.
China’s segmental economic improvement is due to the greed, callousness and treason of American politicians and CEOs who are causing in the recent past and present dreadful conditions of the American people.
Advice: Father Catoir ought to read Pope John Paul II’s 1987 encyclical letter "On Social Concerns" and act like a Catholic priest.
Mario L. Lecuona, M.D.