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Protest high interest rates Print
Letters to the editor
Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 -- 12:00 AM

To the editor:

Catholic Charities recently and correctly cited the horrendous poverty in American and that action needs be taken.

The Catholic Church must speak out against the American and international banks and credit card companies that are allowed to charge unreasonable interest. In the Church of the Middle Ages this was a heinous sin, called usury, that demanded punishment in hell and probably still does.

We are called to take care of the least among us and in doing so we should remember that the poor in America used to be the middle class of America. They got where they are now not of their own fault but because the rich banks and credit card companies overburdened them. And that is the sin. Food banks and clothing donations will certainly help but the great need is for this wrong to be corrected.

John Murphy, Madison

 
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