How many dioceses belong to the Anglican Communion Network? As of today the Network pages list ten. This in spite of the fact that the Diocese of Central Florida withdrew some months ago, and that today the Diocese of the Rio Grande withdrew. That makes eight. But then the ACN doesn't really care since they are in the business of disbanding, sending all the organizations that are part of it to the church in formation as the Anglican Church of North America. As soon as the Common Cause Partnership was formed, the ACN was on its way to being history.
How many people are part of the new Anglican Church of North America? The number being touted mostly by the CCP and its leader and Moderator is 100,000 in church on Sundays. I did a bit of a studyon this some weeks ago and thought that perhaps the CCP had in it something like 7% of the Anglicans belonging to the Anglican Church of Canada and The Episcopal Church. Now, over on The Anglican Centrist, the numbers come in at about 5% of TEC/ACoC membership.
Then there is the matter of the number of people in the Diocese of Pittsburgh who became part of the ACNA Diocese of Pittsburgh. The ACNA Diocese says "the entire Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, including all of its congregations and clergy, is now part of the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone. The diocese expects a small group of the diocese's 210 clergy and a minority of its 70 parishes to withdraw from the diocese and reorganize under the authority of The Episcopal Church." Now it turns out that of the seventy parishes at least 27 are meeting as part of the continuing Episcopal Church Diocese of Pittsburgh. They represent about 40% of the Diocese prior to the exodus of the realignment clergy and laity.
The great numbers look as if they are the product of exuberance.We can certainly hope that the Archbishop of Canterbury listens to Bishop Chane of Washington and that his bean counters get the point - the great groundswell of support for leaving The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada, and o yes, let's not forget The Anglican Church of Mexico (part of North America) just doesn't seem to be there.