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Do It My Way

I write to suggest a better way to eliminate poverty than that proposed by your editorial “Robbing Peter to Pay” (9/27). It’s time to change fundamentally the way our society approaches poverty. We should lobby Congress to rewrite the tax code so that tax money used for social welfare would be returned to the people who earned it. We need to let these people—through their God-given free will—decide how that money will be spent. The time has come to trust the Holy Spirit to guide our charitable actions, not the federal government.

Michael Shesterkin

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Livonia, Mich.

Thou Shalt Not Rewrite

I must say, in response to your current comment “The New Mass” (10/4), that I’m sorry, but it is not O.K. to rewrite the Bible. Not even a committee of bishops is authorized to do so. But that is what happened when the American English translation of the Latin Roman Missal was published after the Second Vatican Council. Your comment disapproves of the translation “for all” being changed to “for many.” But the original Greek word is polys, in Latin multis, in English many. After Vatican II the bishops made it “all.” That’s not a new translation; it’s a rewrite.

Claude Golden

Shoreline, Wash.

No Liberals Allowed

I wish the Catholic clergy here in South Carolina could read the review by John Coleman, S.J., of the PBS series “God in America” (10/11). Referring to James Davison Hunter’s To Change the World, Father Coleman says “Christians have opted for political strategies that equate the public with the political in ways harmful to both religion and politics.”

Since moving here from Michigan, I have tried to deepen my faith by taking Bible study classes in our parish. These experiences have been spoiled for me by facilitators who vilify liberals and plug the pro-life agenda at every opportunity. I often feel that Democrats and/or liberals are no longer welcome in the church. I thought Catholics were supposed to show concern and compassion for the poor, for illegal immigrants and for those unjustly oppressed. I thought we were supposed to care for the environment. All the emphasis on right-wing politics is driving many good people away.

Linda Pfeifer

Bluffon, S.C.

Exactly Who Is Not Saved?

Your current comment “The New Mass” (10/4) reminded me that I was taught in Catholic school that Christ died for the sins of all men and women, not for “many.”

It appears that the new translation is heretical, since it implies exclusiveness by not adhering to the usage “all men.” Can Rome let us know for which men and women Christ did not die?

Edward J. Thompson

Farmingdale, N.Y.

When Will We Know?

I was saddened to read your editorial “Israel’s Choice”(10/11). Benjamin Netanyahu is on record as saying that he stopped the Oslo accords and that America is something that can be easily moved. Your mention of the “contention by the Israeli pacifist group Peace Now that construction slowed but did not freeze completely during the moratorium” gives the impression that it is only one opinion; it is fact. Illegal construction continued unabated, while planning and gathering supplies for “legal” construction continued during the break in actual construction. According to the Geneva accords and U.N. resolutions, Israel’s very presence in the occupied territories, much less their colonizing efforts, is already illegal.

Reading your editorial, I am left with the impression that much of the difficulty with the present negotiations is the fault of the Palestinians, who delayed their entrance into the peace negotiations. And if the subjugation of the Palestinians “is beginning more and more to look like apartheid,” I am left wondering what criterion you would use to determine when it actually happened. The Palestinians are being deprived of their land while the world looks on, and the United States continues to give aid. Israel retaliates many times over for any aggression on the part of Palestinians, and Gaza has become a prison camp.

I find it tragic that our American media, including this fine publication, continue to paint the picture as a struggle between equals and ignore the egregious violations of international law on the part of the Israeli government.

Maurice Restivo, C.S.B.

Angleton, Tex.

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Jennifer Cazes
6 years 10 months ago
Father Restivo, in another article you claim to belive in Fatah liberation theology. Which is this below. Is it that maybe you just have a bias against the Jewish Nation? 


The Movement for the National Liberation of Palestine (Fatah)was founded in the early 1960s by Yasser Arafat and friends of his in Algeria, Fatah was originally opposed to the founding of the PLO, which it viewed as a political opponent. Backed by Syria, Fatah began carrying out terrorist raids against Israeli targets in 1965, launched from Jordan, Lebanon and Egyptian-occupied Gaza (so as not to draw reprisals against Syria). Dozens of raids were carried out each year, exclusively against civilian targets.


Fatah's popularity among Palestinians grew until it took over control of the PLO in 1968. Since then it has been the PLO's most prominent faction, under the direct control of PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat.


"Fatah" is a reverse acronym of the Arabic, Harekat at-Tahrir al-Wataniyyeh al-Falastiniyyeh. The word "Fatah" means "conquest by means of jihad [Islamic holy war]".


I don't see how you can openly support that and yet  codemn Israel.

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