The report, prepared for the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia, calls Canada a post-Christian society in which Anglicanism is declining faster than any other denomination. It says the church has been “moved to the far margins of public life.”
So, in a misguided effort to "get in steps with the times," the leadership of the ACA adopted progressively more secular policies and practices. Rather than confront the culture with the gospel, they abandoned the gospel to accommodate the culture. And once the ACA was thoroughly, fundamentally changed into nothing much more than a politicized-therapeutic group with colorful vestments, the culture said "bye-bye."
The lesson? When the Church tries to Be Cool in the public arena by adopting the behaviors and attitudes of the Cool Kids, what counts as cool changes. Rather than destroying who we are as Catholics in order to appease the fickle manufacturers of culture, we should be strengthening our counter-cultural witness as men and women steeped in a 2,000 year old philosophical and theological tradition.
There's nothing more pathetic than a senior citizen trying to be hip among the professional hipsters.
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