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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

So Out Of Touch

"During the day, legislators in the lower chamber, the House of Deputies, and the upper chamber, the House of Bishops, discussed such weighty topics as whether to develop funeral rites for dogs and cats, and whether to ratify resolutions condemning genetically modified foods. Both were approved by a vote, along with a resolution to "dismantle the effects of the doctrine of discovery," in effect an apology to Native Americans for exposing them to Christianity."
-- Jay Akasie, Wall Street Journal, July 12, 2012 --

Funeral rites for pets?  A resolution condemning frankenfoods?  An apology to Indians?  What is this, a gathering of drugged-up, over-the-hill, surgically altered and botoxed Hollywood actresses at Barbra Streisand's villa?

No.  It's a meeting of the leadership of the Episcopal Church.  In Indy.

A meeting that, as it turns out, could probably been held in a phone booth.

This is sad:
The Episcopal Church’s Collapse
Rod Dreher, The American Conservative

More sunny news for your Sunday morning: numbers from the Episcopal Church show a stunning collapse in church attendance between 2000 and 2010. It’s down 23 percent overall, with some dioceses in far steeper decline than that. Pittsburgh, for example, has lost 73 percent of its churchgoing Episcopalians over that time period. That’s nearly three out of four Episcopalians in Pittsburgh, gone within a decade. San Joaquin saw four out of five of its people stop coming to church in the same period.

According to TEC’s figures, only about 700,000 Episcopalians are in church on Sunday morning. There are megachurches in suburban Dallas that have more worshipers on Sunday than most Episcopal dioceses. That’s not hyperbole. [link]
My God. A precipitate drop in membership in just the last ten years? Don't they see what they're doing to their church?

Obviously not:

Episcopalians move closer to allowing transgender ministers

"Transgender ministers" and no parishioners.

If the trend continues, soon those hopelessly confused ministers will be ministering to each other. And to nobody else.

Yet on down that destructive path the Episcopalians plunge, oblivious to the outside world, oblivious to and uninterested in the attitudes or concerns of the (former) flock.

Happy.  And alone.

The faithful deserved better.