Anglicans: South Bank Religion

"My diocese is said to be on the boil," says the Rt. Rev. Mervyn Stockwood, Bishop of Southwark. "If that is so, I accept it as a compliment. Boiling water is better than tepid. It can cleanse and generate power." Measured against British coolness to the Anglican faith (of 27 million baptized members, only 3,000,000 are registered on parish rolls), the Diocese of Southwark is indeed bubbling. And Bishop Stockwood, 50, a charming and worldly man in whom humility coexists with vanity, gives it another stir almost daily. In the process, he...

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