Episcopalians: An Ecclesiastical Lightning Rod

After the celebration of Holy Communion, the 180 bishops of the Protestant Episcopal Church last week closed the doors of St. Louis' Christ Church Cathedral for a solemn secret ballot to elect one of their number as Presiding Bishop. They took less than an hour to make the choice: the ;Rt. Rev. John Elbridge Hines, 54, fourth bishop of the Diocese of Texas, with headquarters in Houston. Mines succeeds Bishop Arthur Lichtenberger, 64, now so wasted by Parkinson's disease that his farewell address, a stirring summons to renewal, had to be read...