Religion: The Bridge Church

In a prophetic mood Episcopal Bishop William T. Manning last week made his farewell address to the annual convention of his New York diocese. He had just reached 1) his 80th birthday, 2) his 25th anniversary as bishop—a post from which he will retire in December (TIME, April 8). Manning, a leader of the Anglo-Catholic party in his Church, stirringly reasserted his own and long-held conviction that the Episcopal Church can "serve as a 'bridge church' and as a reconciling influence between Catholicism and Protestantism."

He prophesied: "The reunion of the Church will come, and today there are many signs of its...

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