Religion: Puffing Preachers

Of all U. S. men of God, Episcopalians are decidedly the best livers, eating, smoking and drinking as they see fit. The Catholic Church does not breed so many merry monks as some people think, but Catholic priests may smoke cigarets, take a nip now & then and let their waistlines go in middle age. In the evangelical clergy austerity prevails, and of the large evangelical denominations the one which least countenances clerical laxity is the Methodist Episcopal Church. Methodist asceticism reached its apogee in 1924 when a Methodist conference voted to...

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