Religion: Stated Clerk

Probably the most powerful single post in any U. S. Protestant church is that of Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church in the U. S. A. "Stated" or settled in his post, the Clerk nominally holds office for five years, but the terms of the last two, Rev. Dr. William H. Roberts and Rev. Dr. Lewis Seymour Mudge, totaled 56 years. At the annual Assemblies of the church, the Moderator (elected for one year) presides, but between times the Stated Clerk, resident in the "Presbyterian Vatican" in Philadelphia's musty old Witherspoon Building, directs the activities of the church, answers hard...

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