Religion: A Bishop's Rights

A New York court last week officially upheld the right of an Episcopal bishop to fire a minister under his jurisdiction. As he listened to his friend, Justice Meier Steinbrink, deliver the long decision upholding the provisions of Episcopal canon law, old Rector John Howard Melish, 74, slumped forward in his seat and rested his forehead on his cane.

It had been a dragged-out, losing fight to keep his son, Assistant Rector William Howard Melish, 38, on the staff of Brooklyn Heights's red stone Church of the Holy Trinity. Young Melish's busy left-wing activities (e.g., he was chairman of the National Council...

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