May 04, 2006

Episcopalians publicly admit the gays are killing them

So says the Episcopalian newspaper.
One of the dioceses hardest hit by declining numbers in 2003 was New Hampshire, where Canon Robinson was installed as bishop, which saw the greatest decline in attendance of any state in the Northeast at six per cent.

The stagnation in growth was not confined to liberal dioceses, as several conservative dioceses halted their steady growth of prior years in the wake of evangelical secessions following the Robinson consecration. The diocese of Dallas, which grew 19 per cent between 1992 and 2002, declined by 2.7 per cent in 2003, while Central Florida, which grew 14 per cent in that same period, declined by 2 percent and saw three of its parishes secede to the Anglican Mission in America.

Canon Robinson publicly professes to be gay, and is living with a male partner.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, similar problems occur or will occur with the Roman church for similar reasons.
There is a major problem with "obedience" to bishops in this era of wide and rapid communications. Many bishops have insisted on obedience to bad policies that surround this issue within the Catholic church. It is reaching a critical point. The faithful will no longer blindly obey, instead they think, read, and pray. Even with subtle changes in the Catechism, those old enough to remember know that modernism is replacing the call to holiness and should not.

8:36 AM  
Blogger Father Stephanos, O.S.B. said...

Actually, there is growing fidelity in the Church on these issues. In fact, the men in the U.S. who are studying theology for ordination are zealously faithful--to such a degree that the secular media are repeatedly taking note. The face of the priesthood is changing. Here's the evidence.

In 1998, here (in the following link) is what the New York Times observed.
Orthodox Seminarians

In 2004, the Los Angeles Times (in the following link) observed the same thing.
New Breed of Priests

9:16 AM  

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