John Shelby Spong, the whistleblower bishop?

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Published on : 05/29/2020 – 23:42Modified : 05/30/2020 – 00:07

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John Shelby Spong , 88, was a bishop of the Episcopalian Church until 2000. He sought during his priesthood to understand why Christians in search departed from the traditional faith or were uncomfortable there because of the doctrines, rites, language or positions deemed obsolete. He came to the conclusion that if Christianity did not abandon creeds that had become more credible for the man of the 21st century, it would be brought to disappear. John Shelby Spong is the author of several books published in France by Karthala. Robert Ageneau, founder of this publishing house, looks back on the study day which was devoted in the fall of 2019 to the work of the American bishop and exegete, a day which was the subject of a book published in the “Sens et conscience” collection (1). “For a Christianity of the future”

The resumption of worship in France: Hard hit by the gathering in Mulhouse of the Christian Open Door in mid-February 2020, megachurch stigmatized at the start of the pandemic by the prefect of the Great East, the evangelicals are very cautious for a return to normal celebrations.

Romain Choinet, Cnef communication manager, the National Council of Evangelicals of France.

And about the urgent request from officials of the Catholic hierarchy exercised with the government to reopen places of worship before the beginning of June 2020 in order to allow the faithful to commune, Father François Glory, priest of the MEP (Foreign Missions of Paris), gives another point of view on the subject and recalls that in the Amazon, where he lived 35 years, the Eucharist every Sunday was not the priority.

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