Religion: Ecclesiastical Lice

Even Christian patience has its limits. Last week, angered by the niggardly contributions of his parishioners. Canon Robert J. Dunford of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sheffield, England did what he had long threatened to do. He carefully picked all the ha'pennies from the collection, marched to the church door, pitched them into the street.

Many an Anglican approved. Kenneth Ashcroft, a rural dean near London, exclaimed: "People who put a halfpenny in the collection plate . . . should be slung out of the church." His church, he added, had raised...

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