The message says a lot. Once, there are still people in the Western world in whom de-Christianization is advancing at a disturbing pace, asking to be accepted into the fellowship of the Church. And they do it even when the confusion in the doctrine of faith, in pastoral care, and last but not least in the liturgy and scandals like those of the mainly homosexual abuse of minors filling the front pages of the media. The past year can be described as annus horribilis, and yet the number of neophytes is increasing, preparing for baptism for several months.
Some of the baptism candidates are converts, others have been without religion.
At a preparatory weekend, Bishop Alan Hopes of East Anglia, who is a convert himself and previously an Anglican pastor, said:
"It is your celebration of hope and trust in Jesus Christ, to whom you turn for your salvation."
Although there is no breakdown, it can be assumed that most of the converts come from the Church of England. The Anglicans are experiencing even more dramatic signs of dissolution through the decline of churchgoers and vocations than the Catholic Church.
If the decline continues to the same extent, it is calculated that the last Anglican will have died before the end of the century. Above all, the Anglican Church lives by its entanglement with the British monarchy. The magnificent ceremonies that take place in Canterbury on certain occasions of state and royal family, however, deceive beyond reality. The queen is not only the head of state, but also the head of the church, but a church without members.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
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