Religion: The Two-Way Street

The parishioners of the Episcopal Church of St. James the Less in suburban Scarsdale, N.Y. are not much different from hundreds of other U.S. suburban Episcopalians. Their recent ministers have not been typical at all.

Last year Father William C. Kernan, 53, assistant to St. James's rector, left the ministry to become a Roman Catholic layman (TIME, May 26, 1952). "Authority means law which is enforceable," he explained. "There is an absolute lack of authority in the Episcopal Church—at least so far as the priesthood is concerned."

Last week Kernan's rector, having resigned his pastorate, followed him to Rome. Father James Harry Price,...

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