A bishop without honor in his own church

Sit down over a cup of coffee with Geoffrey Robinson, a soft-spoken, silver-haired Roman Catholic bishop from Australia, and you’d be hard-pressed to see him as a fiery prophet or an angry dissident or any of the other far less flattering names he’s been called since writing his powerful new book, “Confronting Power and Sex […]

Sit down over a cup of coffee with Geoffrey Robinson, a soft-spoken, silver-haired Roman Catholic bishop from Australia, and you’d be hard-pressed to see him as a fiery prophet or an angry dissident or any of the other far less flattering names he’s been called since writing his powerful new book, “Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church: Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus.” “I’m not keen about making myself the story,” says Robinson, 71, who retired in 2004 as an auxiliary bishop of Sydney because he felt he could not remain in an administrative job while asking tough questions about his own church-about sex, celibacy, power and authority.