Episcopal Turf War

Conservative rebels have drawn archbishops from Africa and Asia into a suddenly less civil discourse

The procession down the aisle of the Denver church would have done any Episcopal congregation proud. The grand hymn Allelujiah! Sing to Jesus! His the scepter, His the throne pealed out, and some 50 clerics approached the altar in white robes and red stoles. A circle of clergy laid hands on the head of Thaddeus Rockwell Barnum, 44, a priest from South Carolina. When Barnum arose, he was a much changed man. For one thing, he was a bishop. But not of the Episcopal Church USA, whose collar he had worn for 14 years. He was now a missionary--to the U.S.--from...

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