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To the Editor (of NYT):
Re "When Children Relied on Faith-Based Agencies" (Op-Ed, May 26): Stephen O'Connor is on target in identifying the need for greater resources for child welfare services. But much of his analysis of the contemporary scene is unsatisfying.
Faith-based agencies delivering foster care and other services see a compatibility in being grounded in a religious tradition and serving a religiously and ethnically diverse group of people and families in need. One's religious roots become an inspiration in treating the most vulnerable with the dignity owed to each person regardless of culture, race or religion.
In addition, this inspiration calls such agencies to the highest standards of professionalism and competence. Our country needs the broadest array of faith-based and non-faith-based programs, as well financed and well coordinated as possible.
(Msgr.) Kevin Sullivan,
Chief Operating Officer,
Archdicese of New York,
New York, May 29, 2001.
(text prepared for the web by a Lighthouse Ministries volunteer)