It seemed that Pope Francis was open to new ideas with a passion for helping to understand and alleviate the problems of poverty, violence and abuse. It is very disappointing to read that he is looking at Satan as the reason for mental illness and possibly other issues facing all of us ("Pope targets ancient nemesis: Satan," May 14).

God gave us brains. I think he wants us to use them to find methods for making sense of the world other than sweeping it all under the carpet of evil, which exonerates us from accepting responsibility for our own failings. It also keeps us from searching for the real answers.

Luaine Carey, Reisterstown

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