Pike, James A.

Controversial liberal Episcopal bishop, died in Judean desert

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(1913-1969) Fifth Episcopal Bishop of California, prolific writer, one of the first mainline religious figures to appear regularly on television. His outspoken views on many theological and social issues made him one of most controversial public figures of his time.. At the of WW II, abandoned Catholicism and legal career and joined the Episcopal Church and ordained a priest in 1946. Dean of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York 1952-58. Using his new position and media savvy, he fought local Catholic bishops over their attacks on Planned Parenthood and their opposition to birth control and when invited to receive an honorary doctorate from Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee, he accepted but then publicly turned down the invitation after finding that the university did not admit Blacks. He reached a large audience with liberal sermons and weekly television programs. Common topics included birth control, abortion laws, racism, capital punishment, apartheid, antisemitism, and farm worker exploitation. Bishop of California 1958-66. While at Grace Cathedral he was involved with, promoting a living wage for workers in San Francisco, and civil rights. Pike met with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during his march to Selma, Alabama. Pike questioned a number of widely regarded theological stances, including the virginity of Mary, and the doctrine of the Trinity. Censured in 1966, he resigned shortly thereafter. In 1969, Pike and his new wife drove into the Israeli desert. They were unprepared for the journey, and when their car broke down and became stuck, they separated in order to search for help. Pike either fell into a creek bed to his death or else climbed in and subsequently died of exposure and thirst. TLS on 9 x 6 letterhead of Diocese of California as Bishop, San Francisco, July 1 1965, to children of Salvation Army Settlement & Day Care Center of Chicago, sends his greetings and best wishes for their project, hopes their display ends up as well as it seems to be forming.

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