Regarding the March 18 front-page article “Pope’s nominees may show way ahead”:

Cardinal Donald Wuerl pointed out that Pope Francis has an opportunity to appoint a new secretary of state and “might even decide to do things a little bit differently.” Pope Francis can and should do things a lot differently, such as appointing to the post one who is not a bishop — perhaps a priest or a layman or, best of all, a laywoman. Any of these would represent progress.

Laurence J. Marhoefer, Reston