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Broad church is a term referring to latitudinarian churches in the Church of England. After the terms high church and low church came to distinguish the tendency toward Anglo-Catholicism, on the one hand, and Puritanism, on the other, those churches tolerant of multiple forms of conformity to ecclesiastical authority came to be referred to as "broad." As the name implies, these churches will mix high and low forms, either eclectically or depending upon priest. The emphasis is on allowing individual parishoner choice.

Nancy Mitford is alleged to have said that the three types of service one finds in the English church are "High and crazy, low and lazy, broad and hazy."

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