It's official. The Catholic Knight is retired.  I'm hanging up the helmet and passing the torch. There will be no more articles, no more commentaries, no more calls to action. THIS BLOG IS CLOSED. I've spent a very long time thinking about this, I believe the time has come, and is a bit overdue.  I want to thank my readers for everything, but most especially for your encouragement and your willingness to go out there and fight the good fight. So, that being the case, I've spend the last several weeks looking for bloggers who are fairly active, and best represent something akin to the way I think and what I believe.  I recommend the following blogs for my readers to bookmark and check on regularly. Pick one as your favourite, or pick them all. They are all great..... In His Majesty's Service, THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Episcopal Church USA is Crumbling

(Virtue Online) - The Dean of the flagship cathedral of St. Matthew's, Dallas, the Very Rev. Kevin Martin, says The Episcopal Church is heading off a cliff into oblivion. He opines that the "20/20: A Clear Vision" set by GC2000 to double the church in the next decade is now an impossibility.
Writing in the October 3 issue of The Living Church Martin said, "I have come to the conclusion that the Episcopal Church is headed toward about 1 million members in 2020, an average Sunday attendance around 400,000 and around 6,000 mainly small congregations.

"The 20/20 initiative was, among all things, a concerted effort to bring revitalization and growth to a long declining mainline church. It failed and we are now faced with an institutional decline that, save a direct intervention and miracle by God, cannot be reversed. There is insufficient leadership, desire, or institutional will to change.

"The failure of the 20/20 initiative, combined with the subsequent controversy around human sexuality, has placed our community in a very precarious position," he writes...

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THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:  Some of my readers may wonder why I've spent so much time on matters related to the Anglican Communion and The Episcopal Church USA.  My reasons are as follows...
  1. I used to be an Episcopalian before joining the Catholic Church
  2. Tens (perhaps even hundreds) of thousands of Anglican/Episcopalians have become Catholic over the last thirty years, just as I have.
  3. Hundreds of thousands more will soon come into the Catholic Church through the pope's Anglican Ordinariate provision.
  4. The Anglican Communion and the Episcopal Church USA serve as a perfect object lesson for Cafeteria Catholics.
A word to the wise for Cafeteria Catholics.  Do you believe women should be ordained to the priesthood, even elevated to the level of bishop?  Do you believe the priesthood should be open to homosexuals and the Church should be open to gay marriage?  Do you believe artificial contraception is a moral good, and that abortion is a matter of personal "choice?"  Do you believe holy communion should be open to anyone?  Do you believe the Catholic Church should be more lenient and relaxed with its rules and moral teachings?  Well, if you believe any of these things there is already an example of a catholic-style church that has already implemented them in full.  In the United States it is called The Episcopal Church (see website here).  This American branch of the worldwide Anglican Communion, is a Protestant church that maintains catholic forms and customs, "sacraments" and rites.  It is EXACTLY what the U.S. Catholic Church would look like if Cafeteria Catholics got everything they wanted.  Has The Episcopal Church benefited from these things?  Far from it.  Rather, this denomination of 3.5 million members in the United States shrunk to 2.5 million within just twenty years after ordaining the first women to the "priesthood."  All projections now indicate the American denomination will shrink to a mere 1 million by the year 2020.  The Episcopal Church USA is in free fall, and there is no end in sight.  Liberal Progressivism destroys churches.

In contrast, the few Episcopal parishes that are doing well, even growing, happen to be those who have adopted the strict Anglo-Catholicism of the Oxford Movement.  Meanwhile, those parishes that have adopted the most liberal progressive attitudes are those most suffering from an aging membership with little growth to compensate.  Their funerals outnumber their new baptisms five to one.  This is the potential future of the U.S. Catholic Church, if it were to follow the example of the Episcopal Church by adopting their liberal progressive policies.  Cafeteria Catholicism, quite to the contrary of what it's proponents say, results in a dead Church.  The evidence is before us, and The Episcopal Church USA provides a perfect laboratory for us to view the results.