Religion: Shock Troops

By now the ration-ridden British can take almost any kind of shortage in stride. One that they are at least beginning to lick is a serious shortage of clergymen. Two world wars have left the Church of England with a 4,000-minister deficit (not counting chaplains still in uniform).

To fill the breach, the Church has launched an all-out drive among servicemen, and has found 5,000 volunteers so far. Candidates are screened at 108 selection centers throughout the Empire and in Army demobilizing areas. These centers are manned by committees of five (one of them a layman) who give prospective clergymen several...

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