Religion: Tidings

> The Christmas season seems no time for churchly bloodletting. Rock-ribbed conservative President Jacob A.O. Preus, 55, of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod has decided against ousting one of the district presidents (rough equivalent of a bishop) who insist on recognizing the ordinations of graduates of the rebel liberal school known as "Seminex." Last July the church's convention authorized Preus to dump dissident district presidents 60 days before they were up for reelection. Herman Neunaber of the Southern Illinois District was the first to reach such a deadline. But last week Preus chose...

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