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Ecumenical good seen in pope's visitOn behalf...


Ecumenical good seen in pope's visit

On behalf of the entire Christian community in Maryland, the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council extends greetings to Pope John Paul II and offers the hope that multitudes will be touched by his visit to Baltimore.

TC For more than 70 years, the CMEC has supported Christian dialogue, collaboration and ecumenical worship.

The council represents 14 major Christian communions in Central Maryland, including the pope's own archdiocese, and regularly convenes meetings of the leaders of these communions.

The ecumenical leaders and the council work together on matters impacting not only our own faithful but all the citizens of our region and state, such as housing, violence, health care, peace and education.

We sponsor ecumenical choral concerts, ecumenical worship services, and the Christmas Gift project for youths in state institutions. The council was the vehicle for the birth of the AIDS Interfaith Residential Services agency of Baltimore. . . .

In the spirit of the council's mission and work, we pray that the pope's visit fosters ever greater communication, collaboration and understanding among the Christian family of faith here in Maryland.

His presence will offer each of us in the faith community a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our own faith commitment and to affirm our fellowship in the family of God and humanity.

We pray that his visit will encourage all of us in the Christian family of faith to seek with a renewed sense of purpose and earnest determination all manner of cooperation for the benefit of all of God's people, creation and kingdom to the glory of our Lord.

Raymond Valencia


The writer is a priest in the Orthodox Church in America and president of the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council board of directors.

Naughty's in the eye of the beholder

The piece by Patrick Ercolano (The Sun, Sept. 22) -- about how the American Life League, "a so-called Christian Group," claimed to find sexual messages hidden in Disney cartoons, and about other right-wing Christian groups that challenge works like "Hamlet," 'Don Quixote," 'Huckleberry Finn," the Koran and the Bible -- brings to mind the story of the sex criminal who was being given an ink-blot test by a psychiatrist. The next day, when the doctor arrived for more tests, the man said, "Oh boy! Are we going to look at more dirty pictures?"

W.K. Lester

Round Bay

Still believe Simpson did it

I have always been a believer in our criminal justice system and always go along with the principle that an individual is innocent until proven guilty.

I watched as much as I could and read all the articles in The Sun to stay abreast of the the Simpson case. Watching and reading about it made me come to the conclusion that, in my heart and mind, he committed those murders.

However, the defense team did bring up some very reasonable arguments that also caused some doubt. Individuals on the jury had a set of laws that they had to comply with when coming to their conclusion. They were bound to conform with the law despite what their personal feelings were.

After the trial, Mr. Simpson pledged that he would devote his time and whatever was necessary to find the killer or killers of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. If he, in fact, did not commit these murders then I wish him the best of luck in finding those responsible. Until then, I will always believe that he was responsible for their deaths.

Russ Vincent


Don't buy popabilia, give to charities

A Sept. 24 news article stated that some people say the installation of electric mechanism in the clock at the Basilica is sacrilegious. I am not Catholic, but in my opinion, the selling of "popabilia" is much more sacriligious. It would be so much better to heed Dan Rodericks' suggestion that donations be made to local charities and/or feeding programs for the hungry.

Margaret E. Beatty


Captain Colombo would fit right in

On Oct. 9 we shall observe Columbus Day, set aside to honor Cristoforo Colombo's discovery of "the New World" on Oct. 12, 1492, although there are some who would challenge us on that point.

Old Cris would have made a great politician, perhaps a senator or even president. You see, Captain Colombo didn't know where he was going, didn't know where he was when he arrived, and did it all on borrowed money.

E9 He would have been right at home in Washington today.

J. Bernard Hihn


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