How many members of the Episcopal Church are there in this country?
About 2.2 million. It used to be larger percentagewise[sic], but Episcopalians tend to be better-educated and tend to reproduce at lower rates than some other denominations. Roman Catholics and Mormons both have theological reasons for producing lots of children.
Episcopalians aren’t interested in replenishing their ranks by having children?
No. It’s probably the opposite. We encourage people to pay attention to the stewardship of the earth and not use more than their portion.
I am clueless concerning what theological reasons Schori thinks Catholics have for “producing lots of children”. Is it because the Church forbids birth control and abortion? If that’s it, then having more children is just a consequence, not a theological reason for having them in the first place. I’m quite sure that Church teaching doesn’t forbid people from regulating their fertility, but is not indifferent to how it is done.
I’m puzzled as to what the Bishop might have meant, but then again I’m just another poorly educated knuckle-dragging Catholic. Schori doesn’t mention the fact that followers of Islam also have higher rates of fertility. Perhaps because such a remark could provoke some of them to violence? Catholics won't get violent over this, but we will dispense a well-deserved dose of ridicule.
The photo of the Bishop reminded me of Melville’s The Cassock (emphasis mine):
The mincer now stands before you invested in the full canonicals of his calling. Immemorial to all his order, this investiture alone will adequately protect him, while employed in the peculiar functions of his office.
That office consists in mincing the horse-pieces of blubber for the pots; an operation which is conducted at a curious wooden horse, planted endwise against the bulwarks, and with a capacious tub beneath it, into which the minced pieces drop, fast as the sheets from a rapt orator's desk. Arrayed in decent black; occupying a conspicuous pulpit; intent on bible leaves; what a candidate for an archbishoprick, what a lad for a Pope were this mincer!
And do take a minute to read Melville’s entire chapter to learn where the mincer’s ‘decent black’ cassock originates.
Finally, the Schori interview inspired pure genius on the part of one entrepreneur, who has outdone our troops by offering to the market a coffee mug with a response to Schori’s silly remarks. I am tempted to buy it (pun intended).