September 14, 1994
Hon. William J. Clinton
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President,
Permit me to bring to your attention the enclosed joint statement on the Haiti crisis which I and my fellow presidents of the Canadian and Latin American conferences of bishops have just issued.
We term it "an urgent call for democracy and dialogue," and it reflects our deepest hope that the Haitian people may yet come to a nonviolent political settlement of the present crisis, without the introduction of military force.
I assure you of my prayers as you face these most difficult decisions concerning the ways in which our country can best advance the goals of peace, reconciliation and democracy for the people of Haiti.
With sentiments of esteem, I remain
Most Reverend William H. Keeler
Archbishop of Baltimore
President, United States Catholic Conference