Religion: Parade Ground to Pulpit

Nobody gave a second glance to the four rows of ribbons on the silk stole of the curate as he greeted the members of the congregation. Parishioners of St. John the Baptist's, Anglican Church in the little Berkshire town of Crowthorne—like churchgoers throughout England—are growing used to having a middle-aged pastor with military decorations. In Britain today, the church is second only to "the City," London's commercial center, as the favored career for senior officers retiring from the armed services.

The curate behind the ribbons at St. John the Baptist's is the Rev. Narbrough Hughes D'Aeth, 58, and three years ago he...

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