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Original post made by samuel on Jun 29, 2008



Jerusalem — Yesterday, conservative Anglicans announced what they are calling "The Jerusalem Declaration," which states their intention to erect a new "fellowship of confessing Anglicans."

From their statement:

[W]e grieve for the spiritual decline in the most economically developed nations, where the forces of militant secularism and pluralism are eating away the fabric of society and churches are compromised and enfeebled in their witness…Sadly, this crisis has torn the fabric of the Communion in such a way that it cannot simply be patched back together.

The declaration is the unanimous product of the bishops and archbishops meeting here in Jerusalem, whose dioceses together encompass almost a majority of Anglicans worldwide.

The statement specifically declares that a new church should be established in North America to rival the "false leadership" of the Episcopal Church, as the U.S. branch of the Anglican Communion is known.

Anglicanism is the third largest Christian sect in the world. I do not think it is an overstatement to call this the most serious split in the church's 500-year history.

This is extremely momentous news.

Comments (5)

Posted by Yet another split, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 29, 2008 at 5:02 pm

There is a reason it is the ONLY church to actually lose membership in the last 10 years. Every other church has at least kept up with a growing population.

Politicizing the church has been the single worst thing this Anglican/Episcopalian churh has done, except for its founding based on beheading a King's wives.


Posted by Ex pat, a resident of South of Midtown
on Jun 29, 2008 at 5:17 pm

There are more Roman Catholics in Britain attending church on Sundays than Church of England. Many village churches around the country have closed and are slowly decaying, it's a huge problem for the Brits who consider those buildings part of their heritage.




Posted by Brit, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 29, 2008 at 5:24 pm

Anglicanism, Episcopalianism, or the Church of England, is a denomination rather than a sect.


Posted by thinking of going back to Rome, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 29, 2008 at 8:06 pm

I suspect it is because most ( not all, obviously..think of that priest for Obama) Catholic priests/bishops stay out of "advising" how to vote or think politically, and instead focus on their jobs of homilies concerning the readings of the bible/commmandments and how to think of them in modern times, and counseling individuals for marriage, in stress, etc.


Posted by thinking of going back to Rome, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 29, 2008 at 8:07 pm

sorry, my post was in response to the poster who states that more Roman Catholics go to church in England than Anglicans...


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