Religion: The Birth-Control Debate

Ever since San Francisco's Protestant Episcopal Bishop James A. Pike had challenged Roman Catholic presidential aspirants to speak out on the question of governmental sponsorship of birth-control information for other countries (TIME, Dec. 7), every non-Catholic with a pulpit seemed eager to get a word in. And Bishop Pike himself returned to the fray.

An overflow crowd of worshipers last week watched the 46-year-old bishop enter San Francisco's Grace Cathedral at the end of the procession, carrying his golden crosier and thoughtfully blinking his eyes behind his black-rimmed spectacles.

Minutes later, he was in the pulpit. "Responsible choice as to the number and...