Katharine Jefferts Schori is interviewed by the Huffington Post

Posted by Kendall Harmon

On same-sex marriage and other gay rights issues, Jefferts Schori said she has been "stunned at how quickly public opinion has changed in the U.S." though she cautioned that she doesn't expect controversy over gay clergy in the Episcopal Church to fade. As more states legalize same-sex marriage, she said, conflicts in the church could become more frequent.

"We muddle through [controversial issues] in a very public way," she said of the church that has just under two million members in the United States.

"I would guess that at [General] Convention, we would adopt a trial rite for blessing same-sex unions," she said, referring to the annual meeting of the church's governing body, which meets every three years. It will next meet in July in Indianapolis. Jefferts Schori said that no priest is required to bless any marriage, but that formal same-sex blessings could become optional.

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Posted March 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. flaanglican wrote:

We say it is a moral tragedy but that it should not be the government’s role to deny its availability.”

That’s a double negative.  Turn it around and she is saying, “We say it is a moral tragedy and that it should be the government’s role to mandate contraception coverage.”

Talk about twistic logic.  But that’s where we are today.  Individual conscience is now the government “denying availability.”

March 28, 5:27 pm | [comment link]
2. Pageantmaster ن wrote:

An appropriate medium.

March 28, 6:45 pm | [comment link]
3. Yebonoma wrote:

Boy, it sure is a shame that TEC didn’t have a “stand your moral ground” canon for the orthodox before it started down this slippery, slimy slope.

flaanglican - I’ll have to reread the interview while playing Steely Dan’s “Pretzel Logic” in the background.  I laughed about the article title when I first read it and thought “gosh, that doesn’t make sense; gay clergy shouldn’t need birth control.”

March 28, 6:55 pm | [comment link]
4. dwstroudmd+ wrote:

Waste of space for THP - there are more important persons worth interviewing.  Was it a slow news day or what?

March 29, 12:11 am | [comment link]
5. Pb wrote:

The main argument is not the interpretation of scripture but whether we believe the historic creeds.  They are quite clear. I think we make a mistake when we get into the citing of scripture argument.

March 29, 10:28 am | [comment link]
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