Religion: Piepkorn v. Merriment

One of the ablest Lutheran pastors in the U. S. is Rev. Dr. Arthur Carl Piepkorn, 29, who graduated from Concordia College in Milwaukee, Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, took a Ph.D. at University of Chicago, was ordained to the ministry—all before he was 23. Last autumn Dr. Piepkorn was called to Cleveland's substantial, suburban Faith Lutheran Church. Last week he and his 600 parishioners promulgated a set of rules based on his belief that "a church wedding is a Christian religious service."

The rules forbade kissing at the church altar between bride and bridegroom; the throwing of confetti or rice (an...

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