Church of England is fascist and vindictive, says bishop defecting to Rome


Left: John Broadhurst warned that the Pope’s invitation to disaffected Anglicans to join the Catholic Church would appeal to traditionalists dismayed at their treatment Photo: DAVID ROSE

An Anglican bishop has attacked his Church as “vicious” and “fascist” as he explained his decision to defect to the Roman Catholic Church.


Jonathan Wynne-Jones and David Harrison reports:

The Rt Rev John Broadhurst, the Bishop of Fulham, accused the Church of England of breaking promises to make provisions for opponents of women’s ordination.

He warned that the Pope’s invitation to disaffected Anglicans to join the Catholic Church would appeal to traditionalists dismayed at their treatment.

His comments came as a parish in the Archbishop of Canterbury’s own diocese became the first in the country to announce that it would defect to Rome, with one parishioner declaring: “The Pope’s offer was the answer to our prayers.”

St Peter’s Church in Folkestone, Kent, has decided to join the Ordinariate, a system designed by the Vatican to allow Anglicans to convert while maintaining parts of their heritage.

Bishop Broadhurst, who announced his decision to resign on Friday, predicted that many more would leave the Church of England in the months ahead.

“I think the Ordinariate will cause a huge shock,” he said.

“A lot of people have said it won’t happen and have underestimated the impact that it will have.

“I don’t feel I have any choice but to leave the Church and take up the Pope’s offer. The General Synod has become vindictive and vicious.

“It has been fascist in its behaviour, marginalising those who have been opposed to women’s ordination. We have not been given any space.”

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