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What is the difference between Episcopalian & Catholic?

Does anyone have an idea? I've been researching it & it all sounds the same to me.

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JLee07

Asked by JLee07 at 1:20 PM on Mar. 10, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • This is a bit more complicated that it appears.

    Catholics are united under the pope. Even though there are different rites with different rituals and discplines within the Catholic Church - they share the same doctrines and dogmas and accept the pope as their leader.

    Episcopalian have a group but they are not united under a single person so some churhces have different beliefs than others. They don't agree about ordaining women or homosexuals or whether or not Christ is really present in the Eucharist.

    So to list the differences is a little hard because it would depend on the Episcopalian church.
    eringobrough

    Answer by eringobrough at 2:39 PM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • When Henry VIII split from the Roman Catholic Church he began the Anglican church with himself as the head. They follow very closely to Catholic practices. After the American Revolution the Anglican Church in the US changed it's name to Episcopalian because they didn't want to be connected to the Church of England any longer. Obviously the practices have diverted from Catholicism over time.
    Marwill

    Answer by Marwill at 3:29 PM on Mar. 10, 2009

  • It is all about the history! The Anglican Church was created so that Henry VIII could get divorced from his first wife and marry Anne Boleyn. Though theologians such as Martin Luther had been pressing for reform on behalf of the protestants prior to this.

    Key differences: Episcopalian's do not believe in the papacy... that role was taken on by the King of England. Here in American, there in less order and groups have broken even further in their ideals of what they do or do not believe. Episcopalian's do not believe that Christ is present during the Eucharist. They do not believe the bread and wine become body and blood.

    Oddly, the Catholic Church has remained the same for a long, long time- and it lost many members... though currently it has begun a steady increase in membership while the Episcopalian church has broken apart in it's beliefs and has steadily been losing members!
    HistoryMamaX3

    Answer by HistoryMamaX3 at 6:23 PM on Mar. 10, 2009

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