Religion: Muscular Bishop

Dean Austin Pardue wanted to be sure of his call. So the Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, Buffalo "thought and prayed" for a fortnight, last week decided to accept his election as Bishop of Pittsburgh's 21,000 Episcopalians. Said Dr. William Porkess, president of the Pittsburgh Diocese's Standing Committee which had also been praying: "We feel our prayers have been answered."

Since his ordination 18 years ago, Chicago-born Dr. Pardue has held four parishes. In all of them he has been active in civic affairs, youth work, interfaith cooperation. While rector of St. James's Church,...

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