To the editor:
I would like to commend the Catholic Courier for the fine piece of journalism regarding the stake of health care in the July 2007 issue.
I would like to respond to Chris Meisenzahl’s letter to the editor in the August edition regarding this same piece. According to my dictionary charity is defined as: 1. benevolent goodwill toward love of humanity. 2a. kindly liberality and helpfulness toward the needy or suffering b. an institution engaged in the relief of the poor. c. public provision for the relief of the needy.
Apparently, Mr. Meisenzahl did not watch “Sicko.” I did. As usual, Mr. Moore has done the work of many overpaid, would-be journalists by showing compelling stories to initiate dialogue and much needed change.
To paraphrase Mr. Meisenzahl …”I see nothing particularly Christian or more specifically Catholic about stealing the property of some and giving it to others — e.g. funding an illegal and unnecessary war in Iraq to depose a dictator that had nothing to do with 9/11.”
Charity is a virtue, theft is not.”