I find it strange that I am compelled to write a letter defending the Church of Rome. Your Sunday editorial offering advice to Baltimore's new archbishop was truly ill-advised ("A new archbishop," May 2).
There is no organization, despite its historical misadventures, that has been a greater advocate for the poor and unfortunate. We start with the Gospel teachings of Jesus and add to that the other New Testament writings. We find such advocacy throughout history. Recall why Thomas Becket was murdered. Look at the purposes of various orders of men and women — the Franciscans for example. In Baltimore, we need only look over the names of a list of hospitals.