Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori on NPR

Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori was interviewed on NPR on Sunday. You can listen to it here. It is a very good interview. The interview runs just under 9 minutes. Around 8 minutes in, we have the following exchange:

Bishop Katharine:
"I think my leadership, in this season, is about reminding the Church of its mission, its broader mission. Reconciling people over issues of sexuality is a piece of our work, but the larger piece is about human suffering around the world."

"Do you think there's too much emphasis being put on the debate over homosexuality in the Church?"

Bishop Katharine:
"It's a very easy way to neglect, to ignore, the other suffering in the world. It's important but it's not the centerpiece of what we're about."

"What other reforms do you hope to bring to the Church under your leadership?"

Bishop Katharine: "
I think my basic hope is that we remember that, as the Archbishop of Canterbury in the 40's said, the Church is the only institution that exists primarily for the benefit of those who are not its members, that our focus needs not to be so much on internal politics but on serving the world, on helping to heal a world that's broken."

(Thanks to the Admiral of Morality for the snippet.)

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