How did the LCC begin?

Photo of Bishop Wedgwood

Photo of Bishop Wedgwood

Charles Webster Leadbeater (1847-1934) as Bishop of the Liberal Catholic Church, Sydney, Australia, about 1925

Bishop C W Leadbeater

We began in 1916, when the Old Catholic Church of England was reorganised on more liberal lines by founding Bishops Wedgwood and Leadbeater, both of whose religious formation was Anglican.

These church leaders later spent time in India, Ceylon, and other eastern countries, and were familiar with other religions, saw their value, and the truths they contain.

The holy orders of the Liberal Catholic Church, if this is important to you, are recognised as valid (but schismatic or illicit) by the Roman Catholic Church.  The LCC has been very careful, to ensure that what has been done for over 2000 years, has continued in the LCC, so that its priests are truly priests, and its bishops are truly bishops.