As with anyone in leadership, some like and some dislike the bishop. The likes and dislikes often stem from style of leadership or the personality of the individual. Bishop Brandt has always been kind and considerate with me, and shown warmth and concern, and I am grateful. He and I are very different in background and likes and dislikes, but we share the bond of priesthood and more importantly the love of God and of his people. There are a number of people out there, though, that are critical in the nastiest and most unchristian of ways, and are eagerly awaiting a new bishop. They come to that point from hurts and challenges, perceived or real, that they have or are facing, and which have caused them to lose focus of the vision and the goal of our life with Christ. I often understand their frustration and hurts, but I also find that my heart aches for their lack of charity shown toward the Church, this administration and most especially this bishop. The loss of respect - for the man and the office - is an evil that needs to be faced. And to those who "stir the pot", who foment the discontent, not who disagree but who disrespect, I have only the harshest words.
To the many who love and respect our bishop and are grateful for his ten years of service, and to the many that find him challenging or frustrating, I offer the same words of encouragement - he has been given to us as our shepherd, he is a good man, and he not only needs but deserves our prayers. Has he done everything well in these ten years? ... time will tell. Is he a sincere man of God? ... the answer is yes. Does he harbor "evil intent" in his heart? ... the answer is no. So pray for him.