Anglicans: Empty Pews, Full Spirit


Outward, for centuries, flowed the tide of British Empire; back, in hurried decades, it ebbed. On every foreign strand that it touched, the receding tide has left a church uniquely English, yet catholic enough to survive in any climate. It is grand and symbolic that as a typical consequence, there should be in the South Pacific a bishop who follows the ancient Church of England custom by styling himself Norman New Zealand. Empire is gone; the church remains.

This week and next, more than 1,300 bishops, priests, deacons and laymen...

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