Sunday, May 18, 2014

CANADA: Anglican Church facing the threat of extinction

Globe and Mail
May 10, 2014

The Anglican Church in Canada - once as powerful in the nation's secular life as it was in its soul - may be only a generation away from extinction, says a just-published assessment of the church's future.

The report, prepared for the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia, calls Canada a post-Christian society in which Anglicanism is declining faster than any other denomination. It says the church has been "moved to the far margins of public life."

According to the report, the diocese - "like most across Canada" - is in crisis. The report repeats, without qualification or question, the results of a controversial study presented to Anglican bishops five years ago that said that at the present rate of decline - a loss of 13,000 members per year - only one Anglican would be left in Canada by 2061.

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