The Vatican should accept women priestsIf women are equal...

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November 30, 1992

The Vatican should accept women priests

If women are equal to men in the eyes of God, why aren't they equal in the eyes of the Roman Catholic Church?

The Vatican needs to recognize and listen to the 67 percent of American Catholics who support the ordination of women. The church must reach a compromise to resolve the controversial issue of women's roles in the church community.

Church officials need to realize that women do not play the same role in society as they did 2,000 years ago. Today women have the same rights and opportunities as men. They are considered equal citizens by the U.S. government, pay equal taxes and are expected to obey the same laws as men.

Pope John Paul II has said repeatedly that the church's tradition of an all-male clergy will stand. Jesus chose an all-male clergy because he was living by the rules of his culture and time. If Jesus chose his clergy today he would include women as well as men from many races and backgrounds.

Preserving tradition is important, but even traditions change and evolve with time. If the church can recognize and make a statement that abusing a spouse is wrong and women are equal in the "eyes of their creator," why does it contradict itself by refusing women to the priesthood? I feel a change is needed as the church approaches the 21st century.

The problems American Catholics have with the Vatican's ruling are very visible. The fourth draft of the pastoral letter that has taken nine years to write is evidence of the controversy. The letter holds out very little hope for Americans who favor the ordination of women.

In a poll last June, 67 percent of American Catholics said they favor the ordination of women. Sixty percent of those would like to see women bishops and 80 percent favor women as ordained deacons as a step toward priesthood. The need for a change is very clear.

It is time for the Vatican to face facts. The majority of Roman Catholics of the United States disagree with the contents of the pastoral letter and are in favor of the ordination of women.

The church needs to reach a compromise and increase the opportunities given to women within the clergy. Women are equal before the government and God. Let them be equal in the church as well.

Brigid Kolishu

Baltimore

Modern woman

As a woman of the '90s, I'm glad that finally the first lady of the United States will be seen as a career woman and not as the traditional wife of the president whose main job is being a hostess.

Let's face it, women today are strong, intelligent and willing to work hard to reach their goals. Hillary Clinton is not one who stays home all day picking out new china.

Barbara Bush has done her job well, meeting with other foreign leader's wives and going shopping.

Now it is time for Hillary to take over and show the world just what a woman can do. It's time the world sees that a woman can be a success in a career as well as at home with her husband and children.

Hillary was an important factor in her husband's success in the election. She influenced him in important decisions and made critical changes in his campaign strategy.

Now the role of the first lady will take a drastic change. Hillary will play an important role in the decisions of the president. She also will be more active politically than socially. She will get involved in government and not just sit back and look pretty while discussing interior decorating with the wives.

The first lady of every country is always looked to as a symbol of the way a woman should act. It's time the first lady finally represents the modern woman and not the woman three decades ago.

With Hillary as first lady, the future for women as president and heads of major corporations will look just a little brighter after the world sees how successful we can be.

Lori Brune

Baltimore

Neo-Nazis

America has its problems with the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis, but the recent racist attacks in Germany are especially disturbing because of the historical significance of German fascism.

Too much American blood was spilled in World War II for us not to be concerned and involved with crushing the resurgence of neo-Nazism in Germany.

The world will never forget the burning of books in the squares of German cities, the hysterical speeches of the fascist fuehrers and their genocidal plans for the destruction of entire peoples.

We shall never forget the mile-long trenches filled with bodies, the gas chambers, the SS dogs, the sadistic doctors, the piles of women's hair, suitcases with gold teeth and fertilizer from the factories of death.

German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, opposition leader Bjorn Engholm and the decent and honorable German people must know that America stands firmly behind their efforts to crush the resurgent neo-Nazi movement.

If it isn't crushed in Germany, it will encourage the KKK and neo-Nazis in America to engage in similar human rights violations.

What would General Eisenhower and General Patton want us to do?

Grason Eckel

Baltimore

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