Fr. Dwight Longenecker has a post about the possible collapse of the Church of England. I don't know (yet) what happened at the last meeting of the Synod, but his post is taken from an article in the Telegraph about the financial situation of the C of E.
I must admit I am fascinated by the problems of the Anglican Communion. In fact I was planning to write a long piece about these things on my other blog, but I have not had time to do the necessary reading, though I did read one eye-opening book about the effect of Archbishop Rowan Williams' theology on the Church. It will be interesting to see what happens in the near future. Will the ordinariate entice more Anglo-Catholics away? Will the conservative evangelicals form a stronger and more identifiable Anglican body? What will happen to the plan to consecrate women bishops - will it be shelved?
One thing is clear to everyone, and it is that no matter how long it takes there is a very strong group in the Church of England that will push for women bishops. Another thing is certain; that one of the effects of the ordination of women, along with the more open acceptance of the gay lifestyle, is that many Anglicans are now unhappy with the Communion they believed was their spiritual home. The Holy Spirit does not cause chaos and disunity. How long will it be before our brothers and sisters in the pro-women priests/bishops and pro-gay lifestyle camps realise their errors? How hard it is to back away from radical decisions that turn out to be dead wrong. So much has been invested in these "modernising" decisions. The danger is that, in the end, and perhaps some years down the line, the C of E will not only be financially bankrupt but spiritually weakened to the point of losing the will to live.