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Presiding Bishop among 12 women who shaped Christianity

Presiding Bishop among 12 women who shaped Christianity

The Telegraph names The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church as one of 12 women who shaped Christianity:

1 and 2: The Holy Marys

3: Theodora Episcopa

4. Hilda of Whitby (614–80)

5. Pope Joan (853-55)

6. Hildegard of Bingen (1098–1179)

7. Elizabeth of Hungary (1207–31)

8. Mary Ward (1585–1645)

9. Therese of Lisieux (1873–97)

10. Blessed Teresa (1910-97)

11. Katharine Jefferts Schori (1954- )

Raised as a Roman Catholic, Jefferts Schori became in 2006 the first female primate (head) of one of the branches of the worldwide Anglican Communion, of which the Church of England is a member. She is Presiding Bishop of the Episcopalian Church in the US, where her appointment has caused near schism. Unusually for a Christian leader, she supports abortion rights for women.

12. Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger (1956- )

Read about all of the women. Who would you add?


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Adam Spencer

So, the PB made the list and Dorothy Day didn’t? Um, what?


Julian of Norwich.* Clare of Assisi. Teresa of Avila. Sojourner Truth. Dorothy Day.

JC Fisher

* Disclaimer: am biased—guess what the “J” in my name is. ;-/

Richard Edward Helmer

I have to wonder why Pope Joan, a person of notoriously dubious historicity, is listed so high on the list. I would include Macrina, who heavily influenced her famous brothers, especially Basil of Caesarea and Gregory of Nyssa, and several more contemporaries such as Dorothy Day.

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