Inspiring StoryAfter years of seeing The Sun taking every...

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

June 08, 1994

Inspiring Story

After years of seeing The Sun taking every opportunity to run stories focusing on the foibles of Roman Catholic priests and bashing the Archdiocese of Baltimore, I found it refreshing and inspiring to find your June 3 story about Richard Bozzelli.

Perhaps if our mass media would concentrate on the good works that our men and women of God are doing in our communities, we would have more respect for our priests and nuns and other ministers.

We would see more men like Mr. Bozzelli take that last leap of faith to a totally new spiritual level. We would see fewer stories about Catholic faith communities closing down because of a lack of priestly vocations. We would see fewer stories about our young men killing each other in the streets.

I thank The Sun for an inspiring and uplifting story, and I ask your editors to do their best to find more.

Timothy Q. Nohe

Catonsville

Divided Church

The pope's most recent decree, attempting to squelch all debate regarding the ordination of women to the priesthood in Roman Catholicism, is but another manifestation of an institution that has eyes, but cannot see; ears, but cannot hear; and arms unwilling to lift burdens from breaking backs.

The pope has no theological grounding for denying women what is rightfully theirs through baptism. He merely succeeds in demeaning women, causing even more division in the church.

This proclamation follows two significant events in the Baltimore Archdiocese.

Just a few days ago we learned that many of our inner city churches will either be closed or combined with another parish. It gives the appearance that the institutional church is walking out, separating itself from the burdens of the poor.

For years we watched the schools close; now it's the churches, too.

Inner city parishes contribute no finances to the church corporation. There are few conversions, many funerals.

The poor parishes do not look good on the exterior, but probably have greater potential for coming to grips with the core of the Gospel -- a preferential option for the poor.

Last month, the state of Maryland murdered John Thanos. It was, to be sure, legalized murder. No bishop stood in the doorway blocking the executioner's path.

In fact, the new Catholic catechism does not condemn capital

punishment. The institutional church just "goes along" with the state. It supports the murderous wars. There was church silence when we murdered thousands in Iraq.

So, we bare witness to a church that bars women from holy orders, is beginning to walk out on the poor and is silent as the state murders.

How is all of this reconciled with the Sermon on the Mount?

Brendan Walsh

Baltimore

Obituary Names

I am sure that your sensitive readers cringed at your draping Richard Nixon's name into the final paragraph of your editorial on Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, merging his ignominy with her grace.

Marcia R. Weiss

Baltimore

Learning a Lot

Roger Simon's June 1 column concerning President Clinton's preparations for his D-Day speech quoted historian Paul Fussell, who was apparently asked to tutor the leader of our nation in remedial history.

According to the column, Mr. Fussell said of the president, "I was struck by his modesty, honesty and simplicity. He knows nothing about the war and he knows he ought to know what was happening in Normandy. He kept saying, 'God, I'm learning a lot.'"

I'm learning a lot, too. Every day I learn more about how unqualified this man is to be the president of the United States.

Although I realize that dogged ignorance of the rest of the world has always been a uniquely American trait, how can anyone -- much less the president himself -- know nothing of a six-year war which was the epochal event of this century; which led in the deaths of nearly a quarter-million American citizens and which resulted in the emergence of the U.S. as a superpower?

The media were vastly amused at Dan Quayle's misspelling of "potato." I wonder if similar importance will be attached to Bill Clinton's lack of knowledge, which to me is not merely amusing, but downright terrifying.

B. C. Milligan

Baltimore

Rational Voices

It's interesting that Paul De Luca, in his May 20 letter to the editor, lumped Stephen Hunter and Stephen Wigler together in his criticism of their movie and music reviews. I lump them together, too; only I admire them.

I've often thought that those two are among a very few in the critic's circle who know how to describe a movie or a musical performance accurately, and explain what's good, in detail, and what's bad, and why.

There is nothing nebulous about their writing. It's crystal clear, and it often motivates me to want to see the movie, or go to the concert, or not go.

What Mr. De Luca objects to, of course, is their values. Let my voice be heard in defense of their calling a spade a spade. They admire the projection of values on the screen and in music, and they are not afraid to condemn those who have no sense of values, or don't go for the heroic in art and music.

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