Letters to the Editor

We are giving to the poor

Pope Francis waves to the crowd on Capitol Hill as he stands with Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Pope Francis waves to the crowd on Capitol Hill as he stands with Vice President Joe Biden, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. The Associated Press

We are giving to the poor

We are all happy to have the pope visit the U.S. He brings a breath of fresh air. However, he is implying that we should do more for the world’s poor and developing countries. I interpret this as another guilt trip. An editorial in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday notes that the $31 billion of government aid to developing countries is eclipsed by $39 billion of private charity and $108 billion of private capital. We should be given credit for what we are doing and setting a fine example for other countries to do likewise.

Dr. Richard Frink, Carmichael

Moral dimension of income inequality

Re “Forgetting pope’s area of expertise” (Letters, Sept. 24): John Paul (a Carmichael resident, not the 1980s-era pope) says, “The pope is neither a scientist nor an economist,” in dismissing the pope’s recent statements on climate change and income inequality. Instead, Paul suggests that we should heed only Pope Francis’ teaching of morality and theology, being “the pope’s business and area of expertise.”

Don’t these topics have moral or theological dimension?

Jack Peterson, Rocklin

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