Persons of several faiths were asked what they would talk about if they had five minutes with Pope John Paul II.
The Rev. Thomas Kelly, pastor of Assumption Roman Catholic Church, 3401 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE: "I would talk to him concerning how he would address the world's problems. We're looking for straight-forward direction and spiritual leadership. I'd especially like to see him address the question of youth problems and racial equality.
The Rev. John F. Steinbruck, pastor, Luther Place Memorial (Lutheran) Church, 1226 Vermont ave. NW: "We were expelled (from the Roman Catholic Church) 450 years ago. Why must the exclusion remain? While he's here, he should stop at Luther Statute in front of our church and say, all is forgiven. Come back home. Another area is Christiantity's original commitment to nonviolence as a people at peace following the Prince of Peace. That would lead to questions about militarism and mindless subservience to war machines, ironically in the name of peace.
The Rev. Elmer Powell, associate pastor of St. Theresa's (Catholic) Church, 1430 Minnesota Ave. SE: "I'd like to discuss the malaise of the church in the United States, especially in regard to getting young people interested in studying for the priesthood and religious life. I'd also like to speak to him in terms of blackness in the Roman Catholic Church and in terms of black representation in more policy-making committees and bodies in the American church. (Powell is a former vice rector of St. Peter's Pontifical College in Rome.)
The Rev. Henry C. Gregory III, Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 Ninth St. NW: "I would ask how the religious denominations can collaborate with the Roman Catholic Church and what he personally perceives each person can do on local levels to confront problems of international tensions, poverty, armaments and the liberation of people who are oppressed. I would express appreciation for his style and interest in coming to this country and going to various parts of the world."
The Rev. Mamie A. Williams, pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Rd. NW: "I would discuss his position on the rights of Jews, especially the Soviet Jewery situation. I have some interest in his feelings about Poland, and I want to know what is the essence of his mission to the U.S. and Ireland. How does he see his world travels influencing the nature of the life of the church?"
The Rev. Vienna Cobb Anderson, assistant rector of St. Alban's (Episcopal) Church, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW: "I would like to talk to him about the role of women, period, in the church. I really had hoped somehow I could help create the opportunity for him to meet women priests of other denominations. He could learn from us what our trials, tribulations, hopes and dreams are. The pope lives in an all-male world. It would be nice to have him talk to women.
The Rev. Caesar Donanzan, pastor of Holy Rosary (Catholic) Church, 595 Third St. NW: "I would ask him what in his opinion he considers is good for the people of the United States in this particular moment in history. We are in a time of change. The president said, and many agree with him, that the country is in a malaise -- spiritually, morally and economically. Goals are not clear cut. And I wonder what he would have to suggest as a concrete objective for the people of the United States in this time in history.