Walter Russell Mead chronicle’s the deterioration of a once-significant denomination:
The numerical decline, bad as it is, matters less than the collapse in the moral authority of the church. The Episcopal Church has made many controversial pronouncements on social issues; at the latest General Convention the church declared that transgendered persons cannot automatically be barred from the priesthood. One can agree or disagree with some of these individual decisions, but what is striking over time is the decline in the moral weight of the church.
Hey, you think the numerical decline and the “controversial pronouncements” are in any way related?
Churches make controversial statements all the time (For Exhibit A, I refer you to any meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention). But sometimes those statements seem less like a declaration of commitment to God and more like a nod toward fashionable political correctness.