Religion: Censured by the Club

The House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church is rather like an old exclusive men's club. In normal times it goes through its business in sedately fraternal style. But these are not normal times. The ordination of women to the priesthood has developed into the most divisive Episcopal issue since the "high church-low church" wars of a century ago. Last week at their annual meeting in Portland, Me., the bishops voted 118-18 to censure three of their retired or resigned members for ordaining women priests in violation of church canons.

It was the strongest action the House of Bishops had taken against...

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