I am writing in response to "Diocese alters retirement benefits" [News, March 12]. The Catholic Church speaks of social justice as a cornerstone of our beliefs. However, the retirement plan offered by the Diocese of Rockville Centre makes this empty rhetoric.

Low salaries for Catholic school teachers result in low Social Security benefits. Even with their pensions added in, some retired teachers are eligible for food stamps.

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The article stated that the old pension plan put the diocese at financial risk. With regard to the new plan, diocesan spokesman Sean Dolan said, "We want to be able to deliver what we promise and promise what we deliver."

Can teachers now expect things to be different? I think history answers this question. No one need wonder for long why the diocese has prohibited its employees from speaking to the media about this issue.

Deborah Deasy, Lindenhurst

Editor's note: The writer is a retired teacher with the Diocese of Rockville Centre.