Anglican Episcopal World closes

By George Conger

The Secretary General of the Anglican Consultative Council has announced that its quarterly magazine, Anglican Episcopal World, will cease publication after 36 years.

On Dec 4, Canon Kenneth Kearon told ACC staffers in London the magazine would cease publication immediately after a 126 issue print run.

Inaugurated by the Anglican Consultative Council in 1971 under the title Anglican Information, the quarterly magazine was published under four names in its four decade life. In 1991 the magazine was renamed The Compasrose with issue number 63, and was redesigned in 1991 with issue 70 as Anglican World. In 2004 the magazine changed its name, but kept its glossy photo style and starting with issue 114 was called Anglican Episcopal World.

The ACC declined to state why the magazine was being shelved nor is it known if subsidies from the United States that had underwritten the magazine in past years had been withdrawn. However past meetings of the ACC’s standing committee have seen questions and comments directed towards the magazine’s editor, the Rev Canon James Rosenthal, urging it be made into a profit centre for the organization.

While the internet robbed the magazine of much of its immediacy as a news source in recent years, supporters say it had an extraordinary reach across the Communion, and was particularly valued in the developing world as a visible symbol of the fraternal links of the church around the world.

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