Frank T. Griswold III: Bridge-Building Episcopal Bishop

From a New York Times obit by Sam Roberts headlined “Frank T. Griswold III, Bridge-Building Bishop, Dies at 85”:

Bishop Frank T. Griswold III, who as the chief primate and pastor of the Episcopal Church in America defied a threatened schism in 2003 by presiding — in a bulletproof vest — at the ordination of the denomination’s first openly gay bishop, died on March 5 in Philadelphia. He was 85.

A scholarly moderate elected to a nine-year term as presiding bishop in 1997, Bishop Griswold inherited a shrinking but disproportionately influential membership scarred by financial impropriety, hobbled by deficits and confronted by stark ideological divides, both within the American church and between the church and its global parent, the Anglican Communion.