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Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Anglican Church Close to Bankruptcy

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
The Anglican Church of Canada is restructuring to avoid bankruptcy. The church is more than $500,000 short of its annual budget and will lay off about 10 percent of its headquarters staff, Reuters reports. About 1,600 plaintiffs are suing the Anglican Church, claiming they were abused while students at 26 church-run schools, according to Reuters. The church ran the schools for more than 100 years in cooperation with the Canadian government as part of a program to assimilate Indian children into Canadian culture. Students claim they were sexually, emotionally, and physically abused at the schools. Church officials have acknowledged wrongdoing and are asking the government to intervene to stop the lawsuits. "We believe that there are alternative ways to litigation and we'd like to see the government take a social policy approach," said Jim Boyles, Anglican general secretary. (From

I would not dare say that there were no serious cases of abuse that require punishment. But on the other hand, the question could be raised whether there are not other motives at play for such a rash of lawsuits? Has the world perhaps found a new way of destroying the church? If it happens to be a threat to the Anglican Church, it could also become a threat to any Reformed church.

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