The Most Reverend Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, plans to sanction the Scottish Episcopal Church because it has decided to allow in-church marriage of same-sex couples and has angered the primates (no jokes). African primates have recently refused to attend meetings if Scots or American primates are in attendance too. The American Episcopal Church has already been sanctioned by being excluded from debates and from being allowed to chair committees (Oooh that must hurt!). No burning at the stake these days, then?
The Episcopalian Church is commonly known as ‘Anglican’ reminding us that it is actually the Church of England though it has members across the world including many in Africa who hold very different views from the clearly more tolerant Scottish and US branches, on issues such as on the role of women and on homosexuality.
The Episcopal Church has only around 13 000 attenders in Scotland, down from 20 000 in 1994. The Church of Scotland only has about 130 000 attenders down from around 300 000 in 1994. Total attendance at churches of all kinds is only 389 000, out of a population of 5.3 million, down from 691 000 in 1994.
Some readers may remember [reading] that there was an attempt to impose the Episcopal Church in Scotland by the Stuart monarchy in the 17th Century.
It doesn’t look too hopeful for them as Scotland becomes a predominantly non-religious country. See this from September 2017:
Footnote: There are nearly 450 000 Dudists worldwide. I’m an ordained priest in Dudism. You only have to register by email to become so. If I remember correctly there is only one commandment along the lines of ‘I will do my best not to be a total fuckin arsehole.’ Still working on it. Gary Robertson and Glen Campbell of BBC recently excommunicated on my request.