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Columbus Dispatch: Disaffected Anglicans won’t switch to Catholicism

23 October 2009

Meredith Heagney of the Dispatch wrote an excellent summary of the recent events concerning Rome’s offer to disaffected Anglicans.  Be sure to read it all.  You will catch, among other things, a snippet from our own Bp. Breidenthal, as well as one from someone who will be interviewed eventually on this blog.  Be sure to read it all.

My only quibble with the article is with this line:

“The Episcopal Church is the 2.3-million member U.S. branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, which is made up of 77 million people. “

Actually, those numbers are a bit out of date.  For 2007, there were 2,285,143 members in the Episcopal Church (TEC), which rounds up to 2.3 million.  For 2008, there were 2,225,682 members (2.2 million), a change of -2.6 percent.  In the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, the membership numbers for 2007 and 2008 were 23,662  and  22,718, a change of  -4.0%.  Hey – that means that Episcopalians are leaving this diocese at a larger rate than the average for the Episcopal Church. 

Yikes!

Of course, a far better metric for the size of TEC is of course, average Sunday attendance (ASA).  TEC ASA data for 2007 / 08 were 768,476   and  747,376   (change:    -2.7%).  Within Southern Ohio, the ASA numbers for 2007 and 2008 were 8,478  and 8,129  (change:    -4.1%). 

Yikes, again!

..Otherwise, great article.  😉

– Elder

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