The Good News
The Anglican Church of Canada, one of the country's largest and oldest denominations, is in precipitous decline losing 13,000 members each year and facing extinction by the middle of this century, says a new report prepared for the church's bishops.
His report shows that between 1961 and 2001, Anglican parish lists plunged from 1.36-million to 642,000, a decline of 53 per cent.
That decline is also quickening. Membership fell by 13 per cent from 1981-1991, and by a further 20 per cent from 1991-2001.
Membership in the United Church, meanwhile, fell from 1.04-million to 638,000 from 1961-2001, a loss of 39 per cent.