Page 7, 4th March 1977

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The politics of poverty and justice

I have missed most of the correspondence regarding South Africa, but I feel Fr A. Soane (January 28) has a point when he says that criticism of investors does not arise from concern about their mortal souls, but a political desire to weaken the economy of South Africa. Surely to most thinking people that is a foregone conclusion. The concern for immortal souls is just kite-flying.

It seems to mc, that the antiapartheid campaign in seeking social justice has hceorne a handy platform for the more aggressive political creeds to make a penetration. I have no sympathy with a government which _practises segregation and suppresses the natural growth of its indigenous population.

But neither do I like my intelligence insulted, when many of us know that these self-same people arc being used as political pawns in an ideological combat. In that context. if the present South African Government suffers

Pray for all who need it

Surely there must be a mistake. In Patrick Donovan's column of February 11 and also in a letter from the Rev T. R. Birch (February 25) there is reference to an objection by the Holy See to our praying for deceased non-Catholics.

At least in this country it is a custom to pray in the Bidding Prayers for the Queen. In this her jubilee year, how right this is. But if we can pray for her, surely we can pray for all other living and dead non-Catholics in public.

In these days of freedom of conscience, mine orders me to pray for all who need my prayers. Would Jesus have prayed only for Jews and not for the "heretical" Samaritans to whom he showed himself so kind and understanding?

(Fr) Leo Smith, SDS Breakspear College, Abbots Langley, Watford, Hertfordshire.

economic collapse, it will be the people who will be subjected to further deprivation through unemployment, starvation and terrorism by their own criminal element. 1 admire Archbishop Hurley, who has thrown open the schools to both black and white: that is social justice in the making.

But what really intrigues me about this campaign against investors is why confine it to South Africa? What about South America, for instance, where young boys chew on coca to stop hunger pangs and those serving the poor are quietly murdered.

What about the irreparable harm sonic multi-nationals have afflicted in Latin American countries with their high profit margins gained through cheap labour and low capital expenditure. Why not a campaign against these goliaths of industry?

Of course, one hardly likes to mention the fact. but could it possibly have something to do with the Vatican investment programme whichgains a great deal of its income from these self-same multinationals. Perhaps somebody would kindly explain to me how one can determine moral theology within these parameters.

.lean Thompson St Albans, Hertfordshire.

Cash crisis: what happens elsewhere

The announcement in the Catholic Herald of the debt contracted by the diocese of Westminster was rather a shock. and one wonders whether the finances of other dioceses are also near crisis point. No doubt many of the Catholics who are asked to underwrite such debts will he asking the financial secretaries of their dioceses what their own position is— if, of course, they do not know already. (Miss) Dora Turbln Church Finance Group, Catholic Renewal Movement.

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