Clergy: A Peerage for a Presbyterian

January brought good cheer and good news to the Very Rev. Sir George MacLeod, fourth Baronet MacLeod of Fuinary, sometime Moderator of the Church of Scotland and—quite possibly— that nation's best-known living Protestant minister. In her New Year's Honors List, Queen Elizabeth raised Sir George to the rank of baron; he thus becomes the first Church of Scotland cleric ever entitled to sit in the House of Lords.

Although MacLeod will be the only Presbyterian minister in an assembly that contains 26 Anglican bishops, he does not intend to be a spokesman for his faith, since, as he puts it,...

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