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Katharine Schori sends shockwaves across already decimated Episcopal church

Katharine Jefferts Schori is the first female head of the American Episcopal church and the first female elected as a primate of the Anglican Communion.

Schori’s recent declaration, that acceptance of gay marriage and radical multiculturalism “is the only road to the kingdom of God,” has sent shockwaves through the Episcopal and Anglican churches.

The Episcopal Church, the US branch of the Anglican church, is now a tiny remnant of what was once the biggest church in America.

In 2011, the Episcopal church spent $18 million dollars suing individual churches to prevent them from leaving the denomination.


Why is the Episcopal church near collapse?

The headlines coming out of the Episcopal Church’s annual U.S. convention are stunning — endorsement of cross-dressing clergy, blessing same-sex marriage, the sale of their headquarters since they can’t afford to maintain it.

This is no longer George Washington’s Episcopal Church – in 1776 the largest denomination in the rebellious British colonies. Membership has dropped so dramatically that today there are 20 times more Baptists than Episcopalians.

U.S. Catholics out-number the Episcopal Church 33-to-1. There are more Jews than Episcopalians. Twice as many Mormons as Episcopalians. Even the little African Methodist Episcopal denomination — founded in in 1787 — has passed the Episcopalians.

Among the old mainstream denominations reporting to the National Council of Churches, the Episcopal Church suffered the worst loss of membership from 1992-2002 — plunging from 3.4 million members to 2.3 million for a 32 percent loss. In the NCC’s 2012 yearbook, the Episcopal Church admitted another 2.71 percent annual membership loss.

Convention attendees were told that they had spent $18 million this year suing their own local congregations — those which have protested the denomination’s policies by trying to secede. The New York hierarchy has consistently won in court – asserting that the local members signed over their buildings decades ago. As a result, some of the largest Episcopal congregations in the United States have been forced to vacate their buildings and meet elsewhere.