Religion: Teddy Bears' Picnic

The Rev. Richard Graham Crookshank, rector of the village church of Bere Ferrers in Devonshire, England, likes to appraise his congregation as follows: "We are a lovely agricultural parish set between two rivers. I don't like to sound conceited, but my parishioners are a bit above average. We are really great friends."

Last week the Rev. Mr. Crookshank put the strength of that friendship to the test. In his parish magazine, in an article forthrightly entitled "Straight Ahead for the Bonfire," he blazed away at his little flock.

"Formerly a parish was a community with interests common to all," he wrote. "Attendance at...

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