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How Lori could help kids

Archbishop William E. Lori celebrates mass at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in historic Ellicott City about a week after the area was ravaged by severe flooding. (Karl Merton Ferron/Baltimore Sun video)

It's getting more and more difficult to remain a Catholic. The latest report on decades of cover-ups of sexual abuse of children might be the last straw for me. While I agree that naming the planned new Catholic School for Mother Mary Lange would be a good first step towards healing, more needs to be done to convince this Catholic that the church really puts the needs of children first (“Archdiocese considering proposal to name new Baltimore school after Mother Lange,” Aug. 21).

Instead of just lobbying for more taxpayer funds for scholarships for poor children to attend Catholic schools, the archdiocese needs to publicly support the recommendations of the Kirwan Commission, including full funding of public schools throughout the state. Such a public statement from Archbishop William Lori followed by action by the Maryland Catholic Conference would demonstrate a commitment to the well-being of all of Maryland's children. It will not make up for decades of abuse, but it would show good faith in moving in the right direction both in caring for children and in fighting racism.

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Carol Rice, Baltimore

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