Religion: Unity at Canterbury

Anglican bishops approve ordination of women

The Anglican Church was once so upper-crusty English that an 18th century wag called it "the Tory Party at prayer." That was before the British Empire carried Anglicanism into the colonial hinterlands, where it sank indigenous roots and waxed while the Empire waned. Today Anglicanism has become a loose "communion" with 65 million adherents belonging to autonomous churches in 165 nations scattered from Canada to Zambia. To be sure, there are still many tea-sipping High Church bishops, but there are as well a few black ones with more than a passing interest in Marxism. And though...

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