The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Letters to the editor

March 18, 2013

More compassion needed

GREENVILLE — To the editor:

I find it interesting that as the world welcomes a new pope, he is heralded as a modest man who has spent much of his life caring for the poor and downtrodden (which to me is what a Christian leader is meant to do).

My question is, will leaders in this country who have made it their business to prevent our president from succeeding, continue to use the poor and downtrodden as one of their weapons (welfare, medical assistance, Social Security, etc.)? I am almost certain House Speaker John Boehner (a Catholic and Republican) will be impervious to such an idea, although he expressed the opinion that the selection of the Argentinian was a step in the right direction for the church.

But possibly the most telling comment comes from U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) also a practicing Catholic, who posted on his Facebook page (according to the Associated Press): “My family and I offer our prayers for Pope Francis. Like his namesake St. Francis, Pope Francis has lived a life of humility and commitment to the poor. For his spiritual leadership, we are grateful. And for his message of renewal, we will heed his call.”

Does this mean we might see a bit more compassion and a little less vitriol from the right?


Melva Geyer


Text Only
Letters to the editor
Featured Ads

What's your favorite spring high school sport?

Swimming and diving
Track and Field
     View Results
Must Read

See more photos and purchase prints here.

AP Video
Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead at 87 Beau Biden Plans 2016 Run for Del. Governor Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Horseless Carriage Introduced at NY Auto Show Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide