Religion: Reform & Renewal

While Pike was revealing his mysterious encounters, the Episcopal Church finally agreed that the freethinking bishop will not be tried for heresy. The church's 62nd general convention in Seattle overwhelmingly approved a canonical change making it extremely difficult to initiate action against any prelate accused of unorthodoxy. Under past laws, a request for a heresy trial required the signatures of three bishops, approval by a ten-member board of inquiry. Now a complaint must be signed by no fewer than ten bishops, and requires a two-thirds majority of the House of Bishops before a...

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