Catholic News Service
Sr. Megan Rice
Catholic News Service
Sr. Megan Rice
To the Catholic Sentinel:

The editorial regarding Sister Megan Rice being sentenced to jail for vandalizing a Tennessee nuclear facility was interesting.

The piece was comparing her punishment with “self-interested financiers who sent us into the Great Recession” and who were “presiding over a financial system that for decades has stagnated the incomes of regular people.” 

Let’s be clear, the Great Recession was primarily a result of the Community Reinvestment Act as witnessed by government pressure on Washington Mutual Bank and others to make  loans accessible to poor and minority urban constituencies. Loans were made fast and easy to those who wouldn’t normally qualify. This house of cards came tumbling down because it was not sustainable.

The editorial went from this to hinting at the ubiquitous class warfare cliché stating that “big-wigs dressed in costumes, mocking the  financial crisis and the people it ravaged.” That’s just tiresome, Socialist hyperbole.

What this has to do with a person who vandalized the nuclear facility is a stretch.  Sister Megan certainly would have been far more productive, from a Christian perspective, in channeling her energy in assisting pro-life candidates to get elected and volunteering at a food share facility.

Jerry Gooley
Salem