The Episcopal Church peaked in 1962 and has been in precipitous decline ever since. With each new reform (i.e. implementation of Progressive policy), people leave the church. In any other human organization, the reaction to this failure of leadership would be, “You’re fired. All of your policies are immediately reversed. We repent of the damage we have done to the church, and we are immediately reinstating policies and materials in use as of January 1, 1962.”
But no. The answer to Progressive failure is never a reevaluation of Progressive doctrine. It is always, “we haven’t gone far enough!”
I submit that Progressivism has destroyed the Episcopal Church from within. All Episcopal seminaries are Progressive. Their mission statements consistently include references to preparing graduates to advance “social justice.” In other words, if you don’t at least parrot the Progressive Narrative, you ain’t graduating. That means the pool of new clergy is exclusively Progressive.
Most of the Episcopal clergy I know are in fact Cosmopolitan Universalists.
The church has become feminized. On Mother’s Day, I heard a priest offer a prayer for all women “and men” who are mothers, and concluded with reference to God as the “mother of all.” That is pants-on-head insane, yet it was said in all seriousness and received by the congregation without question.
The church promotes homosexual “marriage” and makes approving references to homosexual couples in its materials for children. Elsewhere, the Report refers to declining birth rates with no sense of irony.
Against this background, the House of Deputies Committee on the State of the Church recently released a report outlining the sordid condition of the Episcopal Church.
The Report uses the words “change”, “changing”, “changes”, and “changed”– all in laudatory contexts– 124 times in its 38 pages.
Early on, the Report decries the fact that most Episcopalians are white. Individual white people are not going to become non-white, so the only way to “fix” that “problem” is to push white people out of the church. That is precisely what is happening.
Despite prevaricating that “around half” of cradle Episcopalians (those born into the church) are “retained,” the fact is that more than half of them leave the church of their birth. In other words, they renounce the faith of their families. That’s how bad things have become.
The Report refers to “Active Baptized Members.” Later, in a graph on page 23 (above), the Report omits the word “Baptized.” But how is an Active Member counted? The Report adds Average Sunday Attendance to Communicants in Good Standing to arrive at Active Membership. (A Communicant in Good Standing is Episcopalese for someone who attends church 3 times per year; it’s how the church counts enrolled parishioners.) This chart is fraudulent because people who attend church on an average Sunday are all drawn from the pool of communicants in good standing (plus a statistically insignificant number of visitors). This chart takes the number of parishioners on the books and adds to it the number of people who actually show up to get the figure for “Active Members.” In other words, although the Report tries to put the best possible spin on it, the situation is far, far worse than the Report claims. Actual Sunday attendance is the only number that counts, and by the Report’s own figures, the number of people attending church is only 1/4 of the alleged “Active Members.” In other words, the Report inflates Active Membership by 4 times actual attendance. The category of “Active Members” is a meaningless and deceptive fiction.
With respect to organizational incompetence, the Report admits (note the passive voice): “Phone calls often did not reach the right desk; the website can be quite complex to navigate; and emails sometimes simply weren’t getting through to the right people. As a result, many have very low expectations of the church-wide staff.”
Translation: staff do not return phone calls, the website is useless, and employees blow off emails. In any other organization, anyone so described would be fired. But in the Episcopal Church, those people are elevated. You can’t make this stuff up.
13% or more parishes have had “financial problems” over the past 15 years; 22% to 28% have had “financial problems” in the past decade.
Again, those who have presided over this should be fired. The Directors and Officers should be sued for breach of fiduciary duty. Their policies and “reforms” should be reversed.
Of course, nothing of the sort will happen. The rot will continue because “We haven’t gone far enough!”