Evangelical Catholic Diocese of the Northwest
Post Office Box
178388 Chicago Illinois 60617-8388
773-721-5383 Fax: 773-721-2581
Office of the Bishop
December 21, 2010
Honorable Barack Obama
Office of the President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President:
I hope that this letter finds you and your family in good
health and spirits as we prepare for the celebration of Christmas.
I am writing to you again to respectfully request
Presidential action which would release former Illinois Governor George Ryan
I sincerely believe that Governor Ryan has taken
responsibility for his stewardship of the office of Illinois Secretary of
State and has repaid his debt to society.
Mr. President, to keep Governor Ryan incarcerated no longer
serves the common good for the People of Illinois. It has always been my
working understanding that the primary objective of the any Department of
Corrections program is to rehabilitate those who are sent to it. The legal
system sent Governor Ryan to the Department of Corrections, not to a
department of revenge.
Mr. President, as Evangelical Catholic Bishop for the
Diocese of the Northwest, I believe that I have a fairly good understanding
to the meaning of repentance, rehabilitation and reconciliation. In the
matter of Governor Ryan, I submit that we have witnessed repentance and
rehabilitation. Now is the time to complete this process with
reconciliation by returning him to his family in Kankakee.
Thank you for considering my petition.
Respectfully Yours in
James Alan Wilkowski
Evangelical Catholic Bishop for the Diocese of the Northwest
Welcoming Community of Faith Rooted in the Catholic Tradition”