The Rev. Canon Dale Coleman's letter March 19 surprised me, especially his comment on Catholic Bishop Edward Braxton's meeting with Episcopal clergymen "for an entirely open and unscripted dialogue." Both clergymen and lay members of Braxton's own diocesan church have experienced something radically different.
Examples: A "discussion" with his own clergy a few years ago took place with the bishop seated before the Blessed Sacrament, which all Catholics know would negate any "open and unscripted dialogue"; FOSIL members recall their own failed efforts to meet with the then-new bishop for an entirely open and unscripted dialogue. Early on FOSIL members had hoped to continue dialogue as had been customary with previous bishops, but there has been none for the past eight years.
I'm happy that Coleman was impressed by contact with Braxton. I wish a majority of Catholics found Braxton "so open and available for dialogue." Unfortunately, we're more accustomed to finding the bishop contemptuous of his own church members as the Rev. Jim Voelker noted in his March 17 letter to the News-Democrat.
Some day we hope to again have a bishop willing to have an open and unscripted dialogue with us. Perhaps Pope Francis will see fit to give us one.