A pair of British church leaders are under fire for preaching in sermons that "modern women's" lack of obedience is to blame for the country's high divorce rate, The Daily Mail reported.

Vicar Angus MacLeay urged the congregation at St. Nicholas Church in Sevenoaks, Kent, to "submit" to their husbands. A few days later, Curate Mark Oden preached, "We know marriage is not working."

"We only need to look at figures -- one in four children have divorced parents. Wives, submit to your own husbands," Oden said.

MacLeay is a leading member of the evangelical group Reform, which opposes the ordination of female clergy in the Church of England, the paper reported.

The sermons sparked outrage among many churchgoers, especially women.

One woman said she was "disgusted."

"How can they talk that way in the 21st century?" she told the Daily Mail.

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