Religion: God Pity Us

Do we not fear to hear our Lord's stern words: 'Woe unto you, Episcopalians, hypocrites'?"

This angry cry from an Episcopal pastor last week was disturbing clergy and laymen in the Episcopal Church and many another denomination. The scandal was an old one: the woefully meager pensions doled out by most churches to retired ministers or their widows. Mostly, the pensions are scaled to the dollar value of a generation or more ago.

Wrote the Rev. Theodore Bell of St. John's Chapel, Del Monte, Calif., in an open letter to the Episcopal Church Pension Fund:...

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