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Christianity could become extinct in Britain, says former Archbishop of Canterbury

Catholic World News - November 22, 2013

A former Archbishop of Canterbury has warned that the Christian faith could be “a generation away from extinction” in England.

Lord Carey, who was leader of the Church of England from 1991 to 2002, was commenting on a report that called attention to a sharp decline in the size of Anglican congregations. The report, submitted to the general synod of the Church of England, found that only 1.5% of England’s people attend Anglican services on a typical Sunday.

Lord Carey said that he saw a “feeling of defeat” among the clergy, and said that unless there is a “dramatic breakthrough” in attracting younger people, the Church of England will cease to be viable as a national institution.

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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Nov. 25, 2013 9:10 AM ET USA

    Am I missing something here? The headline talks about the extinction of Christianity in Britain, but the article talks about the Anglican Church only. How are the other churches doing?

  • Posted by: mateskub8508 - Nov. 25, 2013 4:17 AM ET USA

    And their answer is to ordain female bishops...?

  • Posted by: nix898049 - Nov. 23, 2013 4:10 PM ET USA

    Cut off a branch and it will remain green for a time but eventually its appearance of life will give way to the reality it is a dead thing.

  • Posted by: Defender - Nov. 23, 2013 1:13 PM ET USA

    Opening their church to SSM and female bishops has proven not to work, too. It does look like we will see the end of the them soon.

  • Posted by: normnuke - Nov. 23, 2013 12:58 PM ET USA

    His Lordship neglected to tell us how Catholics are doing. Not real well, surely, but still...

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