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What are the Episcopalian belief on saints?

I'm writing a story of sorts that has its basis in an Episcopal character who performed a great number of good and faithful deeds (caring for the sick, preaching and even claims of miracles). He was a ...
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Have the Protestants really gained independence from the Bishop of Rome?

Given the phenomenon known as the High Church can it really be said that the Reformation led to complete independence from the Bishop of Rome? How much influence does Rome still have in the Anglican ...
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St. John Henry Newman on Conscience and the Pope

Here (On Conscience and the Pope) is found an essay written by St. John Henry Newman. It begins as follows: IT seems, then, that there are extreme cases in which Conscience may come into collision ...
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What’s the Biblical Basis for ex opere operato?

Ex Opere Operato is a theological claim that a sacrament is efficacious by the nature of it being a sacrament, not the minister or recipient. But what is the biblical basis for this idea (if any?)?
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Has the Church of England published details of the objectives and methodology of the trial blessings of the weddings of same-sex couples?

It is in the news that the Church of England is conducting standalone services to bless the weddings of same-sex couples. These are described as trials/experimental. I know nothing about how such ...
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Why hasn't the Republic of Ireland returned Anglican church properties to the Catholic Church?

I know that some key fighters for Irish independence were Anglican, and that Ireland has had an ambivalent relationship with Catholicism in modern times. That said, has there been any serious effort ...
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On Bishops Who Refused to Sign Henry VIII's Oath of Succession?

The 1534 Oath of Succession made Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, heir to the throne rather than Mary, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. The oath also recognized the ...
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Who can validly confer the sacrament of confirmation?

(NOTE: I am aware that a similar question has been asked on this site before, but I have first hand experiences which seem to contradict the one answer - at the time this question was asked - to that ...
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Was James the son of Alphaeus the presiding Apostle at the first Council held in Jerusalem?

I am reading The Upper Room by Bishop J.C. Ryle and I came to this passage that surprised me: James the son of Alphaeus was there, who had the honour of being the presiding Apostle at the first ...
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Why doesn't the Episcopal Church (USA) use the title ‘Archbishop’?

Most Churches in the Anglican Communion make use of the title of 'Archbishop', particularly for heads of provinces or Churches within the Communion. However, the Episcopal Church in the USA (despite ...
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How does the Anglican Church defend its legitimacy due to the circumstances of its founding?

The Anglican Church (AKA The Church of England) was founded in 1543, and still remains the primary denomination in England, and has made many important contributions, such as the King James Version of ...
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Would the Anglican Church consider themselves Protestant?

I tend to use “Protestant” as a broad definition to refer to anyone that does not hold to the doctrine of the Catholic or [eastern] Orthodox Church. However, in my conversations with many Lutherans ...
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What options do Anglican clergy have if they run out of holy oil to anoint the sick?

Church of England clergy obtain holy oils to anoint the sick - or those receiving the sacraments of the church - at the annual service at their cathedral, the Chrism Service. This has become harder to ...
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What does the Anglican Church teach about being born again?

There are several questions on Christianity Stack Exchange about being born again (or born from above) and how this relates to baptism, including infant baptism. However, the question I have been ...
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Has the Anglo-Catholic understanding of suicide changed in the 20th-21st century enough to render Chesterton's comparison with martyrdom irrelevant?

In "Orthodoxy" G.K. Chesterton compares in multiple places the difference in attitude between people who kill themselves and people who let themselves be killed for Jesus' sake. The ...
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Why is the Church of England planning a formal “act of repentance” to apologise to the Jewish community for the expulsion of Jews in 1290?

The 1222 Synod of Oxford approved of two canons aimed against Jews living in England. The Synod was held on the 11th of June, and presided over by Stephen Langton, Archbishop of Canterbury and ...
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Within Anglicanism, what is the Biblical Basis for certainty that baptised infants who die will be saved?

In the Church of England Book of Common Prayer the following statement is made: It is certain by God's Word, that children which are baptized, dying before they commit actual sin, are undoubtedly ...
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St. Albans Psalter - history of manuscripts used to translate the Psalms

Recently I had cause to do research into the St. Albans Psalter. My task was to ascertain if the Latin translation of the Psalms was biblical and to establish which manuscripts formed the basis for ...
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Is Panentheism a heresy?

I’ve been exploring Panentheism (not to be confused with Pantheism) and certain elements speak to my own experience of God. I also understand that this theology is embraced by some contemporary ...
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How do the (Roman) Catholic Church and the (Anglican) Church of Uganda view "wife inheritance"?

There is a cultural practice in parts of Africa in which a young widow is required to marry her dead husband's brother, male cousin or other relation. This is sometimes referred to as wife inheritance....
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What is the significance of apostolic succession in Anglicanism?

So my understanding of the issue is as follows: the C of E says it has apostolic succession and it’s bishops can trace themselves back to the apostles. But I thought one of the principles of the ...
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What is the Anglican and Episcopalian basis for viewing the Trinity as a family that should contain a feminine element?

A recent question on Christianity Stack (about monotheism and the Trinity) suggested that since Christians present the Trinity as a “family” it must contain a feminine element. This came as news to ...
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Do Anglicans use Latin anymore? If so, how much and for what?

Hi so I'm a Latin student and I was just wondering.
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Are there any Saints that have miraculously overcome death (should have died, but did not)?

Are there any saints that should have died but didn't, not like they dodged a moving train, but rather something like were stabbed in the heart but didn't bleed, or something. And when they did die, ...
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Did the 19th Century Anglican Church have exorcism rituals or prayers?

Did the 19th Century Anglican Church have exorcism rituals? I can't see any in the Book of Common Prayer. Is there somewhere else they might be? I heard somewhere that only bishops could perform ...
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What were the godparent requirements back in the 1960s?

My mother was baptised in the Catholic Church in the 1960s. I received information that her godfather (her uncle on her father's side) might not have been Catholic but rather Anglican. Could an ...
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What is the purpose of praying over the water at an Church of England baptism?

The Church if England baptism liturgy in 'Common Worship' includes a 'prayer over the water'. There is a choice of two prayers, here: Prayer over the Water . Catholic Anglicans seem to readily ...
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What kind of baptism do the Anglican's practice?

I came across By April the group was in danger of a split. Taylor admitted his folly in rebaptizing Anglicans and never again swerved from a true interdenominational position. in James Hudson ...
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Was there an official Church of England response to the 2002 survey of clergy beliefs?

A 2002 survey of nearly 2000 Church of England clergy uncovered some worrying statistics: a third doubted or disbelieved in the physical resurrection only half were convinced of the truth of the ...
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What is the present attitude of the Church of England towards the 39 articles and the 33 Homilies?

The Thirty Nine Articles of the Church of England, together with the Thirty Three Homilies were, at one time, accepted as the authoritative statement of doctrine and practice within the Church of ...
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According to Anglicanism, is the Pope the Antichrist?

In the Westminster Confession of Faith, Chapter XXV, article 6, we read: There is no other head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ. Nor can the Pope of Rome, in any sense, be head thereof; but ...
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Does the Anglican Church teach that faithful are immediately reunited with loved ones?

Watching the days of news coverage following the death of George HW Bush (41st President of the USA) has me asking for the Anglican Church’s view on what happens upon the death of a faithful member. ...
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Anglican Absolution

In Anglicanism, both justification by faith alone (article 11 of the 39) and priestly absolution (found within the order of the visitation of the sick in the BCP ) are doctrinal stances in the book ...
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Is a Roman Catholic ever permitted to take the Anglican Eucharist?

According to the Catholic catechisms or canon law, is it ever canonically acceptable or lawful for a Roman Catholic to take of the Anglican communion?
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What is the theological justification for the British monarch worshipping in the Church of Scotland, rather than the Scottish Episcopal Church?

When Queen Elizabeth II is in Scotland, she worships in the (Presbyterian) Church of Scotland, rather than in the Scottish Episcopal Church, which is in full communion with the Church of England. The ...
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What is the Anglican teaching on Hell?

What is the official teaching on hell in the Church of England? (Anglican). Please include sources. The 39 articles of faith make no mention of hell, so what other source makes statement on the ...
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Is it in anyway lawfully possible for the Catholic Church to one day recognize the Anglican Church as having valid orders?

Is it in anyway lawfully possible for the Catholic Church to one day recognize the Anglican Church as having valid orders? If not why? If yes?...does the present day scope and political spectrum ...
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What is the "Catholic Church" acording to Anglicanism?

I recently attended a service of the Church of England. There, the Nicene-­Constantinopolitan Creed was said. This creed contains the words I believe one Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wonder ...
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Why does the Catholic Church deny Anglican apostolic succession?

Isn't the fact that Thomas Cranmer was validly ordained by the Roman Catholic Church certain proof that the Anglican Church holds valid apostolic succession? Why then is it denied by the Roman ...
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Can Catholics serve as godparents at an Anglican infant's baptism?

My wife and I (both Catholic) have been asked to serve as godparents at our niece's baptism. The child's parents are fully aware of our strong commitment to the Catholic faith. I've received ...
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Do Anglicans believe the decision on the 66 book canon was infallible?

Do Anglicans believe that the decision taken on the 66 book canon was an infallible decision? (like the attitude the Catholic Church has to the definition of the Canon in the Council of Trent). If so,...
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Can Patron Saints be "dethroned"?

For instance lets say there's a patron saint of infants, but that a recently canonized saint is clearly superior to the previous one when it comes to infants. Is it not then warrented to make the ...
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How do the Personal Ordinariates differ from Anglicanism?

In 2009 Pope Benedict published an Apostolic Constitution called Anglicanorum Coetibus providing for the creation of Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans who wished to join the Roman Catholic Church. ...
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When were the "three times a year" when one was supposed to receive communion?

In E.M. Forster's novel Maurice, the character Durham remarks that he had a row with his mother and explains: Why? On account of Christmas. I didn't want to communicate. You're supposed to receive ...
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Why is St Martin "in-the-Fields"?

I was reading about the Anglican church St Martin-in-the-Fields and was curious about the in-the-Fields part of the name. It is named after Martin of Tours who was a saint in France during the 4th ...
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Variances in the sacrament of confession

What are the different viewpoints between Anglicans, Orthodox churches and the Roman Church over the sacrament of Confession. Of course Roman Catholics must confess mortal sins to priest to be ...
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" IN Quires and Places where they sing, here followeth the Anthem " (Book of Common Prayer 1662)

I am following the morning and evening prayers as guided in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer. In both the morning and evening services there is a section which states: " IN Quires and Places ...
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What is the Catholic/Anglican understanding of how the Sacrament of Reconciliation began?

How did the Sacrament of Reconciliation begin? I have tried to find this answer but can not trust Wikipedia and do not need any more answers for when it came to be.
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What is the biblical defence used by Anglicans to appoint female vicars/bishops?

What is the biblical defence used by Anglicans to appoint female vicars/bishops? I thought the Bible was explicitly clear: 1 Timothy 2:12 I do not permit a woman to teach or exercise authority ...
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How is Article XVII of the Articles of Religion defended by Arminians?

The beginning of Article 17 (XVII) of the Articles of Religion seems to me to clearly teach Calvinistic predestination: Predestination to Life is the everlasting purpose of God, whereby (before the ...
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