Religion: Repentance in Honolulu

Surrounded by the volcanoes of Honolulu, the delegates to the 58th triennial General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church appropriately reminded themselves of Asia's explosive situation. The customary pastoral letter of the House of Bishops (which must be read to all Episcopal congregations within the month) pointed to "a tidal upheaval of deprived, hungry peoples struggling for food and nationhood and full human status and acceptance" in lands into which "half the population of God's world" is crowded.

"We in the United States," said the letter, "whatever our protestations of superior virtue . . . have inherited in great measure the fears...

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