Episcopalians: A Bishop on Trial

At next week's annual meeting of the House of Bishops in Wheeling, W. Va., the Episcopal Church faces the decision of whether or not to submit one of its prelates to a heresy trial that might well determine the future doctrinal direction of the church.

To the man facing inquisition, the Right Rev. James A. Pike, who recently quit as bishop of California, the central issue is "whether the Episcopal Church confines itself to a narrow interpretation of theology or allows its traditional wide range of freedom in seeking the truth." To Bishop Henry I. Louttit of south Florida, the...

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