Religion: Suspended Judgment

For weeks protesting Jewish youths and rabbis have pressured the National Council of Churches to oust Archbishop Valerian Trifa, head of the Rumanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, from its governing board. The problem: Trifa, 62, stands accused of having incited mobs that murdered hundreds of Jews in Rumania in 1941.

The matter was complicated, since the National Council cannot tell member churches who their delegates should be. Moreover, council leaders rightly feel Trifa should be presumed innocent until proven guilty. The U.S. Attorney in Detroit charged last year that in a 1957...

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