Religion: Bishops on Birth Control

The Anglicans and Episcopalians, like most Protestant groups, do not share the Roman Catholic disapproval of birth control; contraception, they have long held, is permissible for both family planning and reasons of health. But the Anglican Communion's five-week Lambeth conference of bishops just concluded went a liberal's step further: it positively recommended contraception as a valuable liberating force in the family and in the enjoyment of sexual relations.

Among the 131 resolutions published last week with the encyclical letter of the 1958 Lambeth conference was a report on "The Family in Contemporary Society." made by a 38-man committee, headed by Bishop Stephen...

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