Church Approves Them Only as Ministers of Own Race and Under Direction of Whites


Washington’s Prayer to Army Adopted as "for Our Country" by the House of Deputies


Anointing of Sick Again Is Ignored in Alterations Made in the Book of Common Prayer


ST. LOUIS (Mo.), October 26.– The problem of the racial Episcopate was solved by the house of deputies to-day when it adopted an amendment to the church constitution providing in effect for the election by the synod of any province of a negro suffragan bishop having the authority, subject to the direction of the white bishop of the diocese in which he officiates, to officiate as such among his own people. To become effective the proposal must be approved by the house of bishops and also by both houses at the 1919 convention.

Opposition to the amendment was voiced in the House of Deputies to-day on the ground that a negro never could be "a father in Christ to negroes." In reply, it was urged that as there are negro clergymen there was no valid objection to negro bishops for negroes.

The House of Deputies in considering book revision adopted the prayer of George Washington when he gave the command of the Continental army as a "prayer for our country."

Revision and enrichment of the book of common prayer of the Protestant Episcopal Church, in general convention here, cannot be completed for another three years at least. This was determined to-day when the house of deputies sent back several sections of the report of a commission, with instructions to re-report at the next conclave.

The house of bishops officially rejected the recommendation that five of the ten commandments in the communion service be shortened by the eliminating of the reasons. It was reported also that the house of bishops still has under consideration the question of the reservation of the sacrament, provided for in the report of the commission.

The house of bishops favored amending the prayer for Christ’s church, a section of which pleads that Christian rulers may "punish" wickedness and vice. The substitution of the word "correct" for the word "punish" was urged.

Another change approved was in the title of "The order for the Holy communion." This would change the name to The Divine Liturgy <...>

The San Francisco Examiner, Friday, October 27, 1916, p. 6:1