Religion: The Battle of the Monks

Ever since Korea's crusty old President Syngman Rheer exploded at finding a Buddhist monk living in a temple with his wife and four children (TIME. Jan. 3), 500 celibate monks and 160 celibate nuns have looked forward to casting the 5,000-odd married monks from the best temples.

The government tried to help by issuing an ultimatum: all married monks had to be out of South Korea's 1,276 Buddhist temples by June 30. But the eager celibates concluded that their married brethren were moving as though they thought the government's order referred to their next...

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