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Church of England will be extinct within 25 years, according to former leader

Source:  http://www.express.co.uk

There is a trend today in many Churches to modernise. Unfortunately, the less traditional they become, the more people they lose. Nevertheless they disregard these signs and continue to modernise exponentially. The unfortunate trend among the English is to drop church altogether, rather than look for a true, traditional church. Although, Orthodoxy is on the increase in both England and Ireland. Most of the churches the Orthodox now own are former Church of England or Church of Ireland buildings.


Reverend Dr George Carey attacked the modern church for being too old fashioned, saying the denomination could be wiped out within 25 years if it does not become more welcoming to younger people. 

The 78-year-old said: "I am convinced that churches can grow, must grow and should grow. 

"But to sit in a cold church, looking at the back of people's heads, is perhaps not considered the most exciting place to meet new people and hear prophetic words.

"So we have a problem getting people to church because it is not something that is natural to people in their lives nowadays.

"There is a prevalent view that people don't want to hear what we have to say any more. How can we say that? 

"There is so much violence, too many divided families, too little job security, too many young people with nothing to aim for.

"It is still the case that people are essentially looking for spiritual fulfilment" he added.

"One of the most worrying, most urgent groups we need to invest in is young people. 

"We ought to be ashamed of ourselves.

"We are one generation away from extinction - if we do not invest in young people there is going to be no-one in the future." 

Dr Carey warned that every one of the 43 Church of England dioceses were at risk. 

The retired Anglican bishop was making the keynote speech today at Holy Trinity Church in Shrewsbury, as part of the Shropshire Churches Conference 2013. 

Lord Carey held the post of Archbishop of Canterbury for 11-and-a-half years and retired at 66 in 2002.

Empty pews are a regular sight across the UK [Alamy]

Article published in English on: 21-11-2013.

Last update: 21-11-2013.