Many members of St. Isabel Parish are concerned that, even before Fr. Christopher Senk’s situation is resolved, Bishop Frank Dewane may select Fr. Joseph Gates as the new, permanent pastor of St. Isabel. Apparently, there is an ongoing effort to tell the bishop that parishioners actually want Fr. Gates to administer the parish for the indefinite future.
We are preparing a letter to Bishop Dewane to make the opposite point, and we ask whether we may add your names to the letter. The letter would state that, while Fr. Gates may have been placed in a difficult position when he was assigned here in place of Fr. Christopher, he has become identified with a particular view of the liturgy and with a particular faction of the parish. Therefore, we would explain that, in the interest of reconciliation, the bishop should give the parish a chance for a “fresh start” by selecting an experienced priest who has the capacity to bring us all together and can minister to the entire congregation in a mature and sensitive way.
May we include your names on such a letter?