A report prepared for the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia has found that Anglicanism in Canada is “one generation away from extinction.” Between 1961 and 2001, the ecclesial community lost 53% of its members. 43% of Canada’s 33.5 million residents are now Catholic, while 23% are Protestant (including Anglican). An increasing number of Canadians profess no religion. “The unchurched are not coming to us,” the report added. “Lapsed Anglicans are not coming back in sufficient numbers.” (Source)
If it wasn’t for Rome and the Holy Spirit, Canadian Catholicism and its Winnipeg Statement would have been following the exact same path that the Anglicans are on. In fact, there is no guarantee that we won’t go that route either. Jesus never promised that the Faith would survive geographically.
If the bishops of this country don’t clue in and conform their scandalous pastoral practice to the Gospel of Life, they should do the honourable thing and step down.
In fact, that’s exactly what we should be calling for in the coming months if things don’t change.
Resignation. For the good of the Faith.
I’d rather have a faithful hick from the booneys as my bishop than some multi-lingual, cultured marshmellow who refuses to apply some basic moral principles.