Religion: Lutheran Self-Examination

In Harrisburg. Pa., the United Lutheran Church in America, the U.S.'s largest (2,270,000 members) Lutheran body, concluded one of its most important conferences in years. After seven days of talk, some 700 delegates to the 20th biennial convention last week:

¶Abolished the group's long-standing restriction on remarriage of the guilty party in divorce, decided to permit Lutheran pastors to remarry any divorced person who shows repentance. Marriage is a "lifelong, indissoluble union." declared the delegates, but "God in His love does accept the sinner."

¶Called upon 16 branches of U.S. Lutheranism to unite...

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