THE CANCELLATION of Vicki Kennedy’s invitation to deliver the commencement address at Anna Maria College is troubling (“Bowing to bishop, college cancels Kennedy speech,’’ Page A1, March 31). I disagree with Bishop Robert J. McManus’s stance on this matter. But people can agree to disagree about the substance of his position. Regardless of the rationale for his decision, he certainly could have afforded Kennedy the opportunity to meet with him in person.
McManus’s refusal to meet with her is an example of the impolite, superior manner that many church officials have displayed over the years. His discourteous behavior reflects poorly on him and blights the public perception of the church. It would behoove the bishop McManus to review the Sermon on the Mount.