Old news, I know, but I have been reading "The Light That Failed: Reflections on Anglo-Catholicism in the Episcopal Church." The author lists "seven major causes of the tragedy." Once they have been enumerated, it becomes clear that the problem was simple: Kulturkampf. A house without foundations is swiftly wiped away in such a tsunami. It all was so relatively quick and neat, historically viewed: 1947 to 1984.
- Postwar exhaustion, passivity, and superficiality;
- Vatican II;
- The Sixties (1965-1975);
- The 1979 Book of Common Prayer;
- No episcopal leadership (= no schism);
- No intellectual leadership (= no scholarship and no teaching);
- No moral leadership (= nothing but laxity and a lack of personal holiness).
All in all, that's a pretty tall order. Again: Zeitgeist (1-3), mediocrity (4), and total lack of the requisite formation (5-7). In a word, Bildung.