Sunday, May 26, 2013
AVERAGE SUNDAY ATTENDANCE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE:
2001 5,289 people attending
2011 4,083 people attending DECLINE 2001-2011 -23.0% over ten years!
Many Catholic laity are experiencing a painful disconnect between the official teachings and pronouncements of the Catholic hierarchy and what they believe in their hearts. It’s no wonder they are voting with their feet... says Bp Robinson.
Now that is a bold statement from one who exercised episcopal oversight and leadership of a diocese smaller than many Roman Catholic parishes and one which has experienced a precipitous drop in attendance (one of the most objective barometers of church health). Apparently, the progressive social teachings of Bp Robinson and the "doctrinal integrity" of the Episcopal Church have contributed greatly to the overall health of the diocese in which he has served! Now that is gall!
I might be inclined to cut him some slack if the drop had come because of courageous stance consistent with Scripture and tradition in the face of a world relativizing truth and transforming worship into an entertainment experience. But that is exactly what Bp Robinson has presided over. Truth has become relative, disjointed from its source and norm in Scripture and out of step with those who have gone before us in the faith. In addition, as much as I appreciate Anglican ceremonial, lacking doctrinal confession, such ceremonial is but a good show. What matters if you genuflect at the incarnation while confessing the creed if you do not believe it? What matters if you stand for the Gospel if you do not believe its word? When confession and ceremony become unhitched, such liturgical worship becomes no more and no less than the entertainment worship like those who put on a show intentionally.