Religion: The Terrible Responsibility

At St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, where in pre-war days flanneled undergraduates lolled on the lawn of the quadrangle around an ancient well, there was an unprecedented gathering last week of the Archbishops of Canterbury, York, and Wales, the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, the diocesan bishops of England, Wales, Scotland. Save for the decennial worldwide Lambeth Conference, Britain's episcopate had never before gathered in one conference. But as Malvern showed, the Church of England has lost its smugness. The bishops last week soberly admitted that the church has drifted away from the people, that it is largely to blame for...

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