High Church - Low Church

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The broadest two groupings among members of the Church of England are into High Church and Low Church. These, as their names suggest, are broadly opposed. Both terms can be used as nouns and as adjectives: "he is very High Church in his observances" (adj.), and " The order which resists Reformation is the High Church" (n.). Very loosely defined, the groupings are:

  • High Church is that branch of the C of E that leans towards the Roman Catholic tebdency of that compromise and inclusive institution. High Churchmen