The Anglican Church of Canada has cut its 2010 budget by $450,000 in order to reduce the deficit to $500,000. The General Synod Treasurer, Michael George explains this startling turn of events:
General Synod is facing financial pressure on several fronts. Proportional giving from the dioceses has been steadily decreasing over recent years. The overall decrease is partly due to recent economic circumstances, but a more pervasive problem is the reduction in parish size and attendance. General Synod is currently working to get a better understanding of the levels and expectations of proportional giving from dioceses.
Now what could possibly be the reason for the reduction in parish size and attendance? Could it be because the ACoC has invented a sub-Christian religion which is masquerading as Christianity; or because the demented Michael Ingham has deposed one of the most renowned theologians of our time – J. I. Packer – while his boss, Fred Hiltz does nothing to stop him? Or is it because bishops in the more liberal dioceses hound and persecute their orthodox priests until they are driven out – in the name of inclusion. Or, perhaps it is because the ACoC has a pillage and burn strategy towards those who disagree with them, suing everyone in sight.
What could it be?
I think – to adapt a proverb wrongly ascribed to Euripides – that it’s because “Those whom God wishes to destroy, he first makes mad”.