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A spokeswoman from Episcopal Church headquarters in New York declined to comment on the vote, and Jim Naughton, a spokesman for the Diocese of Washington, said he was paying it little heed because “it makes nothing happen.”

But the Episcopal Church had followed the issue closely.

Anglican blogger David Virtue leaked a set of “talking points” related to the vote that the Episcopal Church sent out to its bishops on Feb. 4.

For example, Mr. Virtue reported, the Episcopal Church reminded its bishops to call any claims of persecuted conservatives “an inaccurate and misleading image … when in reality those who have remained have felt deeply hurt, and now in some cases are exiled from their own church buildings by ACNA.”

The Church of England’s resolution sets the stage for an April meeting in Singapore of half of the Anglican Communion’s archbishops.

Known as the “Global South primates” because they represent fast-growing churches in the Southern Hemisphere, they have invited the ACNA to attend as an associated province. Archbishop Duncan said he expects “an even stronger affirmation of the ACNA at that meeting.”

The vote in England came out the same day as a report in the Toronto Globe and Mail that says if the Anglican Church in Canada keeps losing members at its current rate of 13,000 per year, it may be extinct by 2061.

Between 1961 and 2001, the church lost 53 percent of its membership, declining to 642,000 from 1.36 million. Between 1991 and 2001 alone, it declined by 20 percent.

The U.S. Episcopal Church has had similar membership declines, going from 3.6 million adherents in 1966 to barely more than 2 million today.