Episcopalians: A Dome for the Divine

To its neighbors on Manhattan's Morningside Heights, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine is known as "St. John the Unfinished." Hampered by a shortage of funds, materials and skilled craftsmen, construction of the world's second largest church* has proceeded at a medieval pace. After three-fourths of a century, the building is only two-thirds complete; the skeletal scaffolding on the incomplete portal towers has stayed in place for 25 years simply because it would cost too much ($70,000 nowadays) to take it down.

Last week the Rt. Rev. Horace Donegan, Episcopal Bishop...

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