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Episcopal Parley Votes
Today on Psychiatric
Tests for Ministry
By Caspar Nannes
Star Staff Correspondent
* SAN FRANCISCO. Sept. 30.—
Candidates for the Episcopal min
istry will have to take a psychia
tric examination if a resolution
expected to come up today in the
House of Deputies at the 56th
Triennial General Convention of
the Protestant Episcopal Church
in the United States of America,
16 passed.
The proposal was approved yes
terday by the House of Bishops.
It stated that “an examination
covering a man's mental and
nervous condition shall be inter
preted as meaning that a- reason
ably careful psychiatric or psy
chological examination, or both,
should be given” a candidate for
the ministry.
The motion resulted from a re
port of a committee appointed by
the House of Bishops three years
ago to study the question. Answers
from 41 bishops to their queries
about the value and use of psy
chological and psychiatric examin
ations for candidates to the min-,
lstry were “almost unanimous
testimony as to the importance
and the value of such examina
tions.” In many of the dioceses,
such tests are now given in
conjunction with physical and
Intellectual examinations.
U. N. Declaration Approved.
Approval of the United Nations
declaration on human rights was
voiced yesterday in a resolution
submitted to the House of Bishops
by the Right Rev. William Scar
lett, Bishop of Missouri, on behalf
of the Joint Commission on Social
Reconstruction. The resolution, to
be acted on later in the meeting,
declared the U. N. statement was
one “through which people of all
religions and all faiths can
give expression to their highest
aspirations.”
The motion asserted “the se
curity of the United States, along
with that of other countries, can
be achieved only as every one,
everywhere in the world, is as
sured the basic human rights set
forth in the declaration.” It calls
on congregations to study the
U. N. declaration so they could do
what is possible for its further
ance in their communities. It
also supported the “international
convention for the prevention and
punishment of the crime of geno
cide and urges its immediate ap
proval by the United States Sen
ate and its ratification by the
President.”
A memorial submitted to the
House of Bishops urged the con
vention to influence “officials of
the movie industries, radio and
public press to bring about a pub
licizing qf Christian marriage
standard^^sttjBdof-the present
habit c^ufaafiiipyg- easy mar
Remarriage Issue By-Passed.
The question of clarifying the
canon concerning the remarrying
of divbrced persons in the church
was by-passed for another three
years when the House of Bishops
decided to appoinfei three-man
committee to fjajto the problem
further and report to the 1952
convention.
A committee report, presented
by the Right Rev. Cameron J.
Davis, retired Bishop of Western
New York, stated that too short a
period has elapsed to assess prop
erly the effectiveness of the pres
ent canon, which was passed at
the 1946 convention.
The women’s auxiliary of the
church announced its triennium
united thank offering was $2,000,
000. This sum, presented at a
service in Civic Auditorium, rep
resented $1,954,544.30 as the
actual gift and $45,455.70 interest.
A total of $27,166 was given to
the fund by the women of the
Washington diocese. It was pre
sented by Mrs. Robert Marshal
Eaves of St. Thomas’ Episcopal
Church, treasurer of the Wom
en’s Auxiliary of the Washington
diocese.
On the heels of the “thank
offering” came a resolution from
the women calling on the conven
tion to interpret “the word ‘lay
men’ in the constitution, canons
and other official documents of
the church, that it will be under
stood to include laywomen as
well as laymen.”
‘The resolution will be submitted
to House of Clerical and Lay
Deputies for action at this con
vention.
New Foundation Approved.
A new foundation, the “Episco
pal Church Foundation,” to receive
and administer large gifts and
bequests to the church was ap
proved by both houses of the con
vention. (A resolution to become
effective must be approved by the
House of Deputies and the House ,
of Bishops. The two houses com
prise the general convention, leg
islative body of the Episcopal
Church.)
Directors of the new founda
tion, which will function inde
pendently of the general conven
tion, are George Whitney, Harvey
8. Firestone, jr.; Edward L. Ryer
son, Russell Dill and the Right
Rev. Henry Knox Sherrill, presid
ing bishop.
Bishop Sherrill told the conven
tion the foundation was started to
glamorinze the church in an effort
to attract large donors who have
hitherto given liberally to medi
cine. education and research but
neglected religion.
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