Religion: Love Gifts

For "unChristian tempers, words or actions and imprudent or unministerial conduct" the Rev. James J. Stewart of Albuquerque was defrocked as a minister of the Methodist Church last week. His imprudent and unministerial conduct had been to bring public charges that his bishop, the Rev. W. Angie Smith of Oklahoma City, had accepted fees in the form of "love gifts" for consecrating and dedicating churches, that he had allowed preachers to solicit funds for himself and his family, and that he had even permitted the superintendent of the Methodist Indian Mission Conference to...

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