John Paul I
To the Editors:
The passing of Pope John Paul I [Oct. 9] was a terrible shock. Many people are going to wonder how God could snatch him away before his time. But in the long run, I believe he did what he was raised up to do and did it well. He showed us what the esse of the papal office is and, underneath, has always been: a simple, loving pastor rather than a crowned autocrat. His example was the vital thing.
(The Rev.) John B. Pahls Jr. Brewster, N. Y.