London, Feb. 13 (ANI): A British vicar has attracted the wrath of many women churchgoers after he told his congregation that "wives must submit to their husbands in everything" to make their marriages work and that they should "not speak" if questions could be answered by their husbands.
Vicar Angus MacLeay issued a leaflet to churchgoers, saying: "Wives are to submit to their husbands in everything in recognition of the fact that husbands are head of the family as Christ is head of the church. This is the way God has ordered their relationships with each other and Christian marriage cannot function well without it."
"It would seem that women should remain silent...if their questions could legitimately be answered by their husbands at home," it added.
Dozens of women cancelled their subscriptions at St Nicholas Church in Sevenoaks, Kent, and vowed not to return to the church.
"We're supposed to let our husbands talk for us and remain silent? What kind of medieval sermon is that - we are not in the 15th Century. I have already cancelled my direct debit to the church," one member said.
Another female member of the church said she was "disgusted" by the sermon, adding: "How can they talk that way in the 21st Century? No wonder the church is losing touch if this is the kind of gobbledegook they want us to believe in."
"I will not be going back to that church and will have to seriously consider my faith if this is the nonsense they are spouting now," she added.
Speaking after it was revealed that many women had cancelled their church subscription, Rev Oden blamed "modern woman" for the high divorce rates in the UK.
"I am passionate about helping people to have healthy marriages. I did not set out to unnecessarily offend people, but I stand by what God has said in his word the Bible," he said. (ANI)