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WASHINGTON (RNS) “Faith leaders have a remarkable opportunity to shift the conversation, but it’s very challenging, particularly in a larger society that wants to understand everything as a battle," said Episcopal Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori.

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  1. Dr Rosemary Eileen McHugh

    I am a Catholic and a family physician. I admire President Obama for the way he keeps focused on the needs of Americans, especially on the reproductive needs of women. I am embarrassed by the Catholic hierarchy who seem to have no shame for their cover-up of widespread sexual abuse of innocent children by Roman Catholic priests and yet have the arrogance to block women from freedom to make their own decisions on their reproductive needs if they are employed by a Catholic institution. President Obama has proven his desire to free the Catholic hierarchy from paying for women’s reproductive needs and the Catholic hierarchy refuse to accept the compromise. Most Catholic women have used or are using contraceptive methods so the Catholic hierarchy are not representing most Catholic women and show a real lack of care for women, in my view.

    • Catholic women are voting with their feet in droves. Our small Church in
      Santa Ana, CA is composed of 23% Catholic transfers (including the priest!). We have been blessed by their intelligence and vigor, they have been blessed by a loving congregation and priesthood.

  2. I admire Katharine Jefferts Schori immensely, also Episcopalians for being beyond the illiterate prejudice against ordaining women as priests and bishops, and Jefferts Schori as their presiding bishop.

    She is very right in her observation of the need to elevate–civilize–public discourse, especially in those areas affecting religion and politics, even more, their confluence. All clergy and lay people, all lawyers and all politicians especially, need to set the example of that elevated civility.

    It is plainly a contradiction of all writings about Jesus, canonical and all others, to continue to use religious conversation with anger or rejection. No human enterprise demands civility to be genuine more than religion. The hope and promise for charitable civility should initiate all prayer. “The greatest of these is charity!” I have no doubt that Jesus would put honesty even ahead of charity as a virtue.

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