Episcopalians: A Commitment to Battle

Wearing a yellow and green dashiki, the Rev. Junius Carter, rector of Pittsburgh's Holy Cross Church, trembled with emotion as he looked out from the speaker's lectern at the delegates assembled in Notre Dame University's domed athletic center. "Too long, bishops, you have sat on the sidelines and have not acted as our pastors!" he shouted. "I urge you to intervene at this convention and exercise the authority that has been given you by our Lord."

The effect was electric. In a climax to three days of acrimonious debate at the Episcopal Church's Special General Convention, the delegates reversed an...

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