Religion: Dr. Fisher's Exit

The Archbishop of Canterbury stood up to open the Convocation of Canterbury one morning last week, and the aging bishops before him, who barely filled a quarter of Westminster Church House Assembly Hall, stared listlessly at the agenda—the revised catechism, an address on science and religion, "Is Suicide a Sin?" But with the Archbishop's first sentence came a fluttering of crimson surplices and white lawn sleeves. After 15 years in the see of St. Augustine, Dr. Geoffrey Francis Fisher, 73, announced his retirement.

"My vigor has not decreased," he said. "I am convinced that...

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