Religion: Old Bishop, Young Ideas

Aging Episcopal bishops were spotlighted last week when one of them voluntarily announced his retirement, declaring that his diocese needed a younger leader, and citing a new church law (due to take effect in 1943) requiring retirement at 72. The prelate: courtly, go-getting Dr. Ernest Milmore Stires, still hale & hearty at 74. His diocese: Long Island, whose 92,000 members make it the fourth largest (after New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts) in the U. S.

Among the dozen-odd other Episcopal diocesans already over 72 are: New York's William Thomas Manning, 74; Pennsylvania's Francis Marion Taitt,...

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