Married priests an unused reserveAs an ordained...

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Married priests an unused reserve

As an ordained priest who later married, I read your July 28 article, "Shortage of priests challengers faithful," with interest.

You quoted the Rev. Wayne Funk as saying that "it is time to open the ministry to married men and women and Cardinal William H. Keeler's disagreeing response that such a proposal "only adds to the confusion" on the issue.

Wait a minute. There are thousands of us, worldwide, out here waiting to serve again. Dispensed by Rome and properly married in the church.

We all have had four years of post-graduate studies plus most, if not all, continuing education courses. We have five, 10, even 20 years or more of parish experience. We have waited while married lay deacons are performing ministries which are not allowed to us. We see dozens of Protestant ministers being ordained Catholic priests and assuming full ministry and bringing their wives with them. We have watched priest pedophiles, until recently, simply being transferred to other parishes.

Consider the history of the church. We had a married clergy for the first 12 centuries. Up to the present, the Eastern Rites, in union with Rome, have married priests. And last, but not least, Jesus chose St. Peter, a married man, as the first pope.

J. Edward Yealdhall

Stevensville

Vulnerable to terrorism

Despite the extraordinary precautionary measures taken regarding the worldwide terrorist situation, we still are terror-ibly vulnerable.

Julia Yohee Pickett

Randallstown

Smaller class sizes are key to good education

I was delighted to read recently, in The Sun, about California's commitment to reduce classroom sizes in elementary schools. The costs of providing smaller class sizes will allow teachers to teach. Many of problems experienced in the public schools -- classroom management, adapting curriculum to different students, providing more individualized attention -- are related to overcrowding in the classroom.

It is a daunting task for one teacher to handle the problems that occur in classes as big as ours have become. The children end up losing the most. . . .

Sue Michau

Woodbine

Debating the need for the green movement

Proponents of the environmental movement argue that it creates jobs, while opponents claim that jobs are lost. The argument can lead to a perpetual debate where neither side is right or wrong. For example, because of the deregulation of the utilities BGE laid off 1,200 workers. But the creation of BGE's Constellation enterprises required new staffing.

The real debate regarding the environmental movement is whether it is a legitimate attempt to save the planet from mankind. Consider coal.

Almost from the beginning of the movement, coal was made a villain. The accusations were that the burning of coal filled the air with ash, destroyed the forests, poisoned our streams and caused global warming. But there are two types of ash. The heavy ash falls to the bottom of the boiler and is washed out. The lighter ash, flyash, would normally go up the stack. The electrostatic precipatater captures 99.9 percent of the flyash, which is then used for commercial purposes. The contribution of coal to pollution is grossly exaggerated.

Three studies have evaluated the effect of burning sulfur in coal ... and [none found an effect] from the burning of sulfur.

If policies regarding coal are fallacious, do they not open all policies of the environmental movement to debate?

Martin Sanders

Baltimore

Security guards deserve praise

There has been so much negative discussion of security guards and the services they work for that I feel compelled to speak out.

The vast majority of the people in the security profession are unsung heroes on a daily basis, risking their lives at times, but performing always in a professional manner to protect private property and the public interest in areas where city, county and state police forces are not always sufficient or appropriate.

A case in point: Responsive, professional action by security guards at Camden Yards saved a life previous to me and my family.

On July 24, following the Cleveland game, an alert security guard monitoring the 10 surveillance cameras saw a young man hurting over a railing near the parking lot and unexpectedly falling to the concrete on the service ramp 18 feet below. Within 20 seconds, the command center duty officer notified one of many security personnel who are stationed at key locations in the park, and within 50 seconds an officer on watch near the ramp was moving rapidly down the ramp to where my 22 year-old-son, Adam, lay dazed and seriously hurt with severe trauma to the face.

The security man on the ramp prevented my son from making any rash moves and immediately notified the dispatcher, who summoned a Baltimore City Medic Unit parked on the property. Within four minutes the medics were at Adam's side stabilizing him for transport to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he arrived eight minutes later.

According to the medical staff at the hospital, the rapid professional response of the Orioles' security force that night was the major contributing factor to saving his life and preventing further damage so that a miracle of modern medicine can restore him to health and an active life in the coming weeks and months.

The professionals who monitor the security cameras, those who stand watch at the gates and at other key locations, the dispatcher and Jim Slusser, the security manager for Camden Yards, could not have been kinder or more understanding the following day when Adam's mother and I came to see the location where the accident occurred.

Everyone we met asked about him and wished him a speedy recovery from his injuries. My family and I owe a deep debt of gratitude to these professionals and to the medics in the Baltimore City Fire Department, who all say, when praised for their efforts, that they were only doing their jobs.

A great many of us will attend an Orioles game in the coming weeks at Camden Yards. When we do we should remember the security staff who are there day in and day out to protect the fans and the property at the Yards. It is refreshing to find people who take their jobs seriously, respond quickly in an emergency, and take pride in doing their work every day in a way that should make us all feel safer and more secure in our movements about the city.

I am one Orioles fan who will never forget what Mr. Slusser's fine team of security professionals did for me and my family. They saved a life that can never be replaced.

Bill and Anne Wisniewsi

Alexandria, Va.

Pub Date: 8/06/96

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