[LifeSiteNews] 17 Oct 2008--There are effectively two religions being practised in the Church of England, a leader of the evangelical or traditionally Protestant wing of the Anglican Church said this week. On one side are the theologically ultra-liberal leadership who support not only women's ordination but homosexuality, while on the other are those who hold to traditionally Christian and biblical principles.
The Rev. Rod Thomas was speaking to the annual conference of the Reform movement in London this week. Thomas said that at least twenty-five parishes, representing up to 3000 practising Anglicans in the UK, are already seeking alternate oversight from bishops not associated with the ultra-liberal theological trends that dominate the Church of England.
"We are actively going to take forward the agenda of alternative episcopal oversight. We are no longer able to sit back and wait to see what happens," Rev. Thomas said.
"The most radical scenario which I don't discount, but neither am I saying we are pressing for, is where you have a shortlist of names and ask overseas persons to consecrate them so they cater for individuals in this country."
The Reform movement was founded in 1993 to oppose the ordination of women as clergy in the Church of England and represents the established Church's traditional protestant or "evangelical" wing.