Ten Answers of Presiding Bishop Schori, er, Jefferts Schori

First, why is it that so many female “pastors” have three names? Just a curiosity of mine.

Time.com asks the new presiding bishop Ten Questions. Frankly, there isn’t a whole lot that’s very new, or very interesting, in her answers. Not a whole lot to get riled up about, since she pretty accurately sums up the state of mainstream (downstream?) Christianity.

Time’s got its questions; I’ve got mine (in brackets following her answers).

What will be your focus as head of the U.S. church?

Our focus needs to be on feeding people who go to bed hungry, on providing primary education to girls and boys, on healing people with AIDS, on addressing tuberculosis and malaria, on sustainable development. That ought to be the primary focus.

[So, what makes you different than the U.N. or any of a thousand other social service organizations?]

The issue of gay bishops has been so divisive. The diocese of Newark, N.J., has named a gay man as one of its candidates for bishop. Is now the time to elect another gay bishop?

Dioceses, when they are faithful, call the person who is best suited to lead them. I believe every diocese does the best job it’s capable of in discerning who it is calling to leadership.

Many Anglicans in the developing world say such choices in the U.S. church have hurt their work.

That’s been important for the church here to hear. We’ve heard in ways we hadn’t heard before the problematic nature of our decisions. Especially in places where Christians are functioning in the face of Islamic culture and mores, evangelism is a real challenge. [But] these decisions were made because we believe that’s where the Gospel has been calling us. The Episcopal Church in the U.S. has come to a reasonable conclusion and consensus that gay and lesbian Christians are full members of this church and that our ministry to and with gay and lesbian Christians should be part of the fullness of our life.

[But if the Gospel consists of coming to “reasonable conclusions” about “gay and lesbian Christians,” why aren’t you encouraging Christians surrounded by Islam to preach your “gospel”? Surely they should suffer for your “gospel.” (Which is to say, no Gospel at all.) Why don’t you just say what you mean, i.e., they are backwards and unenlightened, and you know better?]

Is belief in Jesus the only way to get to heaven?

We who practice the Christian tradition understand him as our vehicle to the divine. But for us to assume that God could not act in other ways is, I think, to put God in an awfully small box.

[Jesus is our “vehicle to the divine”? What the #$%! (insert your favorite heresy-induced expletive here) does that mean? By “small box,” do you mean something like, “the Son of God being born as an actual man who was born into a particular family in a particular place at a particular time”?]

What is your prayer for the church today?

That we remember the centrality of our mission is to love each other. That means caring for our neighbors. And it does not mean bickering about fine points of doctrine.

[By “fine points of doctrine,” do you mean things like Christology and soteriology? If only those Fathers at Nicea could have moved past their “bickering on fine points of doctrine” and actually done something useful!]



10 thoughts on “Ten Answers of Presiding Bishop Schori, er, Jefferts Schori

  1. wow. She is pretty much the paradigm liberal ‘Christian’ given as an example in the textbooks we read here. She is like a characterization that profs would use to scare students with. Let’s see, focus on the most imoportant issues like political and social stuff, check. Supportive of homosexuality, check. Believes in evolution, check. Pluralist, check. Anti-dogmatic, check.

    Well done, Nevada. Let’s see how that works out for you.

  2. Great post, Tim. I just read an article on this new bishop in WORLD, and this interview just provides more insight into where TEC is going.

  3. Exactly. Sometimes you think they’re the modern equivalent of monsters in the closet. I mean, you can read about weird ways of being critical of the text, or bad interpretations (usually just ignoring the actual words), but you can just say, “Well, that’s a scholar looking for a phd thesis.” But someone who’s actually bought all of their, uh, bs? How could she fail to get one thing right? Surely the luck of the draw would mean she should be right around 50%, or at least on a single topic? Right?

  4. Tim,

    I just made a post on my blog about an article concerning where these liberal church bodies are headed… and I put a link to this post of yours on there as well. If you want to check out the article, go to my blog and check it out: http://neo-eusebius.blogspot.com/

    Sorry for the self-promotion… but it really is a good article 🙂


  5. Ugh!

    And we wonder why people no longer want to belong to any traditional denomination?

    I have non-denominational “Christian” friends who believe all organized denominations in America are apostate. Regardless of doctrine.

    People like this elected/appointed to offices like this really does affect all of us.

  6. And, come to think of it Lawrence, my post is exactly why your schismatic friends are fleecing their own eyes. “If we get rid of the pure Gospel preached and the Sacraments rightly administered, then we’ll be safe for sure!”


  7. Revfisk,
    I know one who has trying to save me from my “denominational fundamentalism”.

    He pretty much agrees with me on most theological issues. His views are VERY “confessional”, but he doesn’t like it when I point out how “Lutheran” he is. But he’s a Pre-Millenialist and I am an A-Millenialist, and that is enough of a difference for him.

  8. “If we get rid of the pure Gospel preached and the Sacraments rightly administered, then we’ll be safe for sure!”

    But in their eyes they are defending the pure Gospel. All denominational organizations have become apostate and all such “worldly” organizations must be avoided.

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