Editor: As one involved in the process of the canonization of Mother Mary Lange, foundress of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, I feel that I should react to your recent editorial.
It is very disconcerting to me that the editorial would lump together two such different persons as Queen Isabella and Mother Mary Lange. I agree that the effort to begin the cause of Queen Isabella may have had strong political overtones. But the process of canonization is so slow and careful that such a ploy would (and has already) come to be recognized.
In the case of Mother Mary Lange, your editorial overlooks the loving memory of the oblate sisters for their foundress. It ignores the concern of the Sulpician Fathers who helped found the community as well as the Redemptorists, the Jesuits, the Josephites and the priests of the archidocese of Baltimore who have ministered to Mother Lange and her sisters for over 160 years. And it fails to take into account the many lay people who have been ministered to and who have joined in the work of the Oblates over that same period.
At this point no one knows how much the effort will cost, but from past experience it will be in terms of thousands of dollars rather than a million. Suffice it to say that the work of education and ministry to the poor and underprivileged that the Oblate Sisters engage in will not suffer from this cause. Nor will the care and support of their elderly members be lessened.
If anything, it will be a further reason for the generosity of those who contribute now. As for the expenses of the cause, if the Lord wants it to succeed, he will provide the necessary means. It is in the spirit of the Oblates' motto: "Providence will provide."
Rev. John W. Bowen
The writer is the Sulpician archivist and chaplain to the Oblates'
Editor: Handicapped parking spaces are all too frequently being usurped by those not entitled to them.
While a handicapped parking license may be on a family car, it is the handicapped family membeer and not the license that entitles one to park in a resereved space. To see a perfectly agile individual get out of the car, whether with a handicapped license plate or not, is a sign of lack of social conscience at the very least.
As one who cares for patients in need of such parking availability, it is my hope that the rest of you will give up your convenience for their ability to function. Physically limited patients should not need to make two or three trips to a mall or a store in order to obtain needed parking.
More designated parking spaces for the handicapped are clearly needed. But they will not be the answer if there is not public respect for them.
Mary Betty Stevens
Editor: Regardless of political affiliation, it should be gratifying to Americans to see a few signs of life in the Democratic Party. On a national scale, we have become a one-party country. This was never good and never will be.
There would be no concern about Dan Quayle inheriting the presidency if the Democrats could convince George Bush that he faces a serious challenge. This means no more Mondales or Dukakises. Only a competent opponent can assure Mr. Bush that he must select a running-mate qualified to succeed him.
At their national convention, the Democrats must find a way to control the zoo that assembles every four years; various splinter groups demonstrating diverse forms of dementia praecox, raving and ranting about their individual peeves and petulancies as millions of television viewers switch channels.
In the past several years it would have been impossible for Gladstone, Gandhi or Golda Meir, had they been eligible and available, to be nominated. Some group would have screamed each into submission.
It is imperative that the Democrats get their act together. The nation doesn't need another presidential election that is nothing more than a waltz through the woods.
W. K. Lester.
Editor: Diane Winston did a good job of describing Unitarian-Universalism's appeal. Thank you for printing it. Kim Harvey, the UU minister pictured there and described in the article, was intern minister at the First Unitarian Church at Charles and Franklin streets in Baltimore as part of her preparation for her ministry. Since then the Reisterstown fellowship has been added to the other churches that were then in the greater Baltimore area -- the Annapolis, Columbia and Towson churches.
William E. Mengel.
Crime in Howard
Editor: As a 20-year resident of Howard County, I am concerned with the increased crime rate.
Within the past few months, there was a sexual battery thaallegedly took place in the Waverly Woods development.
On April 26, another incident occurred at Centennial Park, involving a 24-year old jogger who was allegedly raped in the afternoon.