Religion: Method Preaching

Too many pews may be empty in England, but the easy chairs, sofas and hassocks in front of television sets are well warmed. What is more, TV producers want more clergymen to man their panel-discussion programs. This chance to talk to a vast new congregation is hampered by one handicap: pulpit-trained preachers and priests often show up as poor performers on the TV screen.

Last week a Manchester school set up by Britain's commercial ABC Independent Television Co. to teach show business to clergymen graduated its third class: 13 Roman Catholic priests, including two principals of theological seminaries. Similar five-day courses...

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