I voted for OO and Rome and didn't know at the time about the Moratorium
Can anyone explain why the Anglican church is thought so highly of by Orthodox? Even our EOTC Church will use Anglican buildings in the absence of an Orthodox Church. But I really can't understand this, considering the immoral and godless roots of the Anglican church,
Some of the answer is in my first post here
Before the 'Reformation' the Church in England was the Roman Catholic Church. No matter that Anglicanism wasn't founded literally for a divorce; it was founded for evil reasons. The king went into schism because he was selfish. So you have the bad principle of Erastianism - state control of the church, like the Soviets did to the Russian Orthodox - as one of Anglicanism's founding principles. But unlike, for example, the Russian Church declaring independence from the Greeks after Florence, Protestantism
was brought into the new church partly for political reasons - the king wanted the northern German princes as allies against France and the southern German emperor.
But at the same time there are Anglican bishops and other theologians who kept a Catholic
-like ('high') view of church authority (divine right of bishops) and, in principle but not in mid-1500s-mid-1800s liturgical practice (which was obviously Protestant), the sacraments.
177 years ago one of these theologians preached a sermon protesting the state shutting down a few dioceses (ironically those dioceses were in Ireland and were being shut down thanks to Roman Catholic emancipation - the Irish never accepted having Anglicanism literally forced on them); this sermon started Anglo-Catholicism, which by the end of the 1800s was imitating Roman Catholic practices.
Most Anglicans were Protestants, though, and after the 1700s many were privately unbelievers. That and the destruction of mediæval farm and village life in the Industrial Revolution at the same time were what Anglo-Catholicism was reacting to.
But because most Anglicans were Protestants, the high churchmen including Anglo-Catholics were the only Anglicans interested in talking to the Orthodox, which gave the Orthodox the wrong impression that these represented all Anglicans
(the answer to Gebre's question), and the high churchmen themselves believed and said they alone got Anglicanism right and everybody else was wrong, so there you are.lubeltri's post with the photo
shows something else, vagantes
, churches that split off from the Old Catholics. As shown here they often still call themselves Old Catholics but there are no Old Catholics in North America. But you can see in the pic something about the tiny vagantes
: they often mix good high-church liturgics (like old-fashioned Roman Catholic practices, which resemble Orthodox practices) and credal orthodoxy with social liberalism like ordaining women and the Moratorium topic.
To be fair, the Anglicans have never commemorated liturgically like a saint Henry VIII or his daughter Elizabeth I (who refounded the Anglican Church after Henry's other daughter Mary as queen put English churches back under Rome).