Declining Spirits by Ian Hunter

Declining Spirits

The Self-Inflicted Wounds of the Anglican Church

by Ian Hunter

The collapse of the Anglican Church in Canada has been swifter than its detractors predicted, more abject than its adherents can credit. StatsCan reported recently that in the decade 1991–2001, the Anglican Church lost more than 150,000 members approaching 10 percent of its total membership. Worse, this is only formal membership; the drop in actual church attendance has been far steeper. And since 2001, the pace of decline has accelerated.

I take no pleasure in writing this. I am a long-term Anglican, baptized and nurtured within that church, albeit now casting about for some more secure denominational anchorage in which to face the oncoming tempests.

Why? What precipitated it? Three developments, I suggest, all rooted in a desire to obey t . . .