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Pope not

infallible

To Mr. Michael Lackey ("Misrepresenting Catholicism, Sept. 26 Sun Tribune Letters to the Editor), I did not misrepresent Catholicism.

I have been a Catholic for over 70 years, and I do know what the Church teaches, and nothing in my letter stated I believed if the Pope spoke to school students his words would be "infallible" or "inerrant." The Pope speaks all the time to his faithful, and we don't regard all his words as infallible.

But, thanks for informing all those who do not know what the Catholic Church teaches.

T. S. Storck

Morris

Death penalty

not worth risk

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia stated that in the modern era there has not been "a single case--not one--in which it is clear that a person was executed for a crime he did not commit. If such an event had occurred in recent years, we would not have to hunt for it; the innocent's name would be shouted from the rooftops."

Here is that name: Cameron Todd Willingham.

Willingham was executed in Texas in 2004 for an arson fire that killed his children and was convicted based on the testimony of forensic scientists and a jailhouse informant. Now an investigative report by David Grann of "The New Yorker" deconstructs every aspect of this case showing that none of the evidence that convicted Willingham was valid. In mid-August, a Texas commission's own expert, noted fire scientist Craig Beyler, issued a scathing report stating that investigators in this case had no scientific basis for claiming arson and ignored evidence that contradicted their theory.

This report would be welcome news if Willingham had received life without parole. Instead he is dead. Is the death penalty worth such a risk when available alternatives are available? Perhaps we should ask Cameron Todd Willingham's grieving family.

George F. Hartz

Pleasant Hill, Tenn.

Hartz is a former Morris resident who lives in Battle Lake during the summer

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