God's WillSusan Hughes Gray's Nov. 30 letter cannot be...


December 14, 1992

God's Will

Susan Hughes Gray's Nov. 30 letter cannot be allowed to go unanswered. As an Englishman who has lived in this country for over two years, I must say that the Church of England will disintegrate as a result of the recent vote to ordain women.

Miss Gray must have taken the Episcopal Church's views on Scripture with her to the Catholic Church. If Jesus is the son of God, I fail to see how women priests are compatible with this.

To quote Bishop Graham Leonard, retired bishop of London, "It is extremely difficult . . . to see how it is compatible in any way with traditional Christianity, the basis of which is that God not only acted in a decisive way in human history but did so at a time of his deliberate choice after a time of preparation as recorded in the Old Testament." Why did God choose that particular time to become incarnate? He came, as St. Paul tells us, "In the fullness of time."

The views of this or that priest, either Catholic or Episcopal, on the possibility of women being ordained are, bluntly, irrelevant. It is not on the agenda of the Holy See, nor is it likely to be when the chaos to which the Anglican Communion has been reduced is observed.

The argument that only Hebrew men would have been ordained does not hold, as Christ's message was to Jew and Gentile alike.

Rev. John Shepherd


The writer is an information director for the Episcopal Missionary Church.

Praise for Reporter

A word of praise for The Baltimore Sun's Mike Farabaugh, who apparently hasn't fallen prey to taking the shortcuts common among reporters nowadays.

Despite a bitter 30 mph wind that turned even the hardiest pedestrians' noses blue with cold and took the temperature to below freezing, Mr. Farabaugh stood on the street for close to two hours chronicling the protest outside Mano Swartz fur store in Towson.

I was one of those pleading with and shouting at the trickle of buyers who ignored signs declaring, "Up to 40 animals are cruelly killed to make one coat." Mr. Farabaugh accurately reported the abusive language and hand gestures made to us by some.

However, despite his diligence, he missed the supportive passers-by, including the woman who went home and got her six-year-old Mano Swartz mink stole, gave it to us and said, "This was a gift from my husband. I love animals too much to ever wear it. Thanks for being out here."

Ingrid E. Newkirk


The writer is national director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Somalia Business

Has some exploration geologist secretly found oil under Somalia?

Such a question might be considered a bit cynical and perhaps even outrageous by some. But I submit that after having been conned into wasting trillions upon trillions of dollars trying to enforce an impossible Pax Americana (the departing George Bush's "new world order"), it is time we took a serious look at the bottom line.

A society that is already unraveling and an economy that for all practical purposes is already bankrupt cannot sustain this expensive military intervention indefinitely, no matter what the justification.

If certain suspect segments of media are so interested in showing pictures of starving children and gun-toting hoodlums, I'm sure I could find some for them to photograph right here in Maryland, or even in Arkansas.

We have no business in Somalia.

Robert Henderson


Sikh Contributions

I agree with Ajaipal Singh Gill that the Human Relations Commission in Maryland has made a serious error in supporting Domino's decision to ban Sikh pizza drivers because of their beards.

The wearing of a beard is not optional for men who practice the Sikh faith.

Therefore the Human Rights Commission should be protecting their religious rights instead of Domino's economic interests.

We are a pragmatic nation, but elevating pragmatism over an even-handed application of human rights amounts to grievous ethnocentrism.

I join with Mr. Gill in expressing my outrage over this decision. I would also point out that he is right in applauding the contribution of Sikhs to the economic and intellectual well-being of our nation.

On a personal level, I have observed that the Sikh who delivers The Sun to me each morning has never missed a day, and has never been late in over two years of delivery.

I have never had that kind of service from a non-Sikh. Domino's might find that it is losing some of its best workers by its discrimination, and thus losing money in the long run.

Karen Michener



The Sun' recent accolade for Baltimore Life Insurance Co.'s Life of Maryland Gallery was a well-deserved recognition for this philanthropic contribution to the arts.

Overlooked, however, was its curator, George Fondersmith, who was largely responsible for its concept. His drive and dedication brought the gallery to being and continues to single out and bring to public awareness the talent and work of Baltimore's artists.

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