The book concludes by noting that the promising ecumenical situation of the 1870s did not last long: the failure of the Old Catholic Churches to attract significant numbers of followers meant that soon after 1880 the senior leadership of the Church of England lost much interest in further discussion. Instead, attention was directed away from Europe and towards the Anglican Communion. There was increasing missionary zeal to build up an alliance of national Catholic Churches across the British Empire. Anglicanism rather than ecumenism became the project for the Church of England in the high point of Victorian Imperialism. Ecumenism was halted in part by an increasingly complex European situation and an energetic expansion of the British Empire, which saw the rise of Pan-Anglicanism.
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