Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor Week of October 28, 2023

Praise & Sadness for Msgr. Anthony F. Sherman

Dear Editor: It is with profound sadness I feel for the passing of Msgr. Anthony F. Sherman, retired from St. Anastasia Parish in Douglaston. 

As Grand Knight of St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911, I knew him for a period of 10 years, if not more than that. 

I have found his kindness, sympathy, comfort, and helpful suggestions to be very useful. He had served at various parishes as reported by The Tablet and held many honors. 

I had served as his lector many times over the years and was very proud to have done so. 

Let me also mention Msgr. Sherman was a retired monsignor of the Diocese of Brooklyn. 

It is sad he has passed away. Here was a good priest, friend, and a man dedicated to God. He served with kindness and knew how to listen to those in the parish who were hurting. 

When I came down with an aggressive prostate cancer six years ago, he prayed for my recovery and gave me hope and comfort. Msgr. Anthony F. Sherman, you will truly be missed by me and the rest of the parish. 

As such, my heartfelt prayers go out to your family and all those who knew you. May God bless you. 

Frederick Robert Bedell Jr. 


A View from Bethlehem 

Dear Editor: The situation leaves me with a sense of helplessness as I imagine hearing people in Gaza asking the question the young homeless girl asked Pope Francis in Manila: “Why is God allowing this to happen to us, even if it is not our fault?” There is no easy answer to that! The pope responded: “Only when our hearts can ask this question and weep, can we begin to understand.” The pope went on to say, “Certain realities of life are seen only with eyes that are cleansed by tears.” We need to stand in solidarity with the Palestinians in Gaza. We need to weep for what is happening, help others weep, and then have the courage to work as communities to act to help protect those people.

This is really a deep call to action, not just words! We need to stop this genocide! 

Brother Peter Bray 

Bethlehem, West Bank

What an Honor for Celebrating 40 Years 

Dear Editor: Eileen Maloney is a wonderful lady (“An Honor 40 Years in the Making,” Oct. 7). She has done so much for the priests at Immaculate Conception and St. Robert’s over the years, and she’s still doing it. 

I am so proud to call her my friend! 

Theresa Polese 


Remembering Sister Corde 

Dear Editor: Sister Mary Corde’s (Obituaries, Oct. 21) presence at Mater Christi High School had a tremendous and positive impact on all students who had the privilege to meet and know her. 

May she rest in peace. 

Michael Pravetz 

Cape Town, South Africa

Tattoo Taboo 

Dear Editor: In Leviticus, it is said, “You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any mark on you, I am the Lord.” 

It is now a trend that children of God deface their bodies with a tattoo, a body that is in the image of God. I would like to see a movement to stop this trend, starting with the parish priest denouncing that habit. 

God will be very happy. 

Jean H. Charles 


Thank You for Remembering the Victims 

Dear Editor: A great article from Senior Reporter Bill Miller (Never Forget The 146, Memorial Unveiled for Victims of Infamous Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire). 

He is a great historical detailed writer. 

Former State Senator Serphin Malitese and I are not only Manhattan College alumni but Alpha Phi Delta National Italian Heritage Fraternity and friend. Thanks for posting this. 

Vincent Maligno 

Staten Island