The first letter of mine to be published by a major newspaper was one I wrote in April 1986 to The Washington Post in response to a column entitled "The Pope and the Jews" by Charles Krauthammer.
I believe Krauthammer had unfairly maligned Pope John Paul II for not extending diplomatic recognition to the State of Israel. The Vatican's policy was the correct one at the time, and the issues preventing recognition, like so many during that great pontificate, were successfully resolved by 1993. However, since I wrote as a conservative Catholic criticizing a then neo-conservative journalist, the Post was probably delighted to air a family dispute. Nevertheless, this Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist, political commentator, and physician is unparalleled in the wisdom, clarity and insight he brings to political analysis. He spoke at the Reagan Library yesterday.