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Questions tagged [anglicanism]

Churches of an Anglican heritage descended from the Protestant reformation in England

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How does current Church of England polity compare with Richard Hooker's teaching?

Richard Hooker's Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity (1593) is a foundational document for the theology and ecclesiology of the Church of England. In it, he defends (among other things) the Anglican ...
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What is the origin and purpose of a new bishop being questioned by a layperson?

At the enthronement of Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury on 21 March 2013, the following exchange took place as part of the ceremony. Evangeline Kanagasooriam is a layperson from the diocese, ...
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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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Why don't most Protestants consider confession to be a sacrament?

Most Protestants recognise only two sacraments, saying something like this (from the Anglican 39 Articles): There are two sacraments ordained of Christ our Lord in the Gospel, that is to say, ...
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What is the English monarch's current relationship to the Church of England?

I was recently on a tour in London, where one of the tourists asked the guide whether the Queen is still the head of the Church of England, to which the guide replied “Yes.” However, Wikipedia claims ...
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How do Anglicans, who recognize apostolic succession, trace theirs?

It appears Anglicans claim apostolic succession. How do they trace their apostolic succession?
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What is the position of the Episcopal Church on the evolution of man?

Pope Francis, in a speech given at a Pontifical Academy of Sciences, has declared his support of evolution as the scientific explanation of the origin of man. Following on the statements of his recent ...
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Why are Protestants from the Church of England allowed to divorce?

Since Paul said that divorce is forbidden, and Paul's letters are to be taken as word of God, why do some Protestant churches (Church of England for example) permit divorce?
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Is the Gospel book censed, or the reader, or both?

I attended a service of the Episcopal Church (USA) which happened to come from a more high-church tradition than I'm used to. During the service, quite a lot of incense was deployed at various times - ...
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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 process will be followed for the Anglican Covenant after its rejection by the Church of England?

The Anglican Covenant is a document long in the making; it is a proposed formal statement of how the member churches of the Anglican Communion should relate to one another. It is particularly ...
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Do Anglo-Catholics encourage closed Communion?

Closed Communion seems to be commonly required in churches with more physical views of the Real Presence (excluding, of course, Reformed churches that hold to Calvin's "spiritual presence" view). The ...
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In the Anglican Church, how is the Archbishop appointed?

The current Archbishop of Sydney is retiering this week. What is the process involved in appointing the new Archbishop in the Anglican Church? i.e. who can nominate them, who can vote for them, what ...
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What are the main differences between Anglicanism and Catholicism?

The Anglican Church came from the Roman Catholic Church about the same time as the Reformation was starting, but that doesn't answer how they are different on a practical level. How is the Anglican ...
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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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What is the origin of vicars/priests wearing the white dog collar?

What is the origin of vicars/priests wearing the white dog collar, and is there a scriptural basis for such an item?
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How do Aquinas and Hooker differ in their doctrine on communion?

In The Screwtape Letters (1942), C. S. Lewis records the words of the devil Screwtape on church shopping and factionalism (letter 16): The real fun is working up hatred between those who say "mass" ...
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Why does the Episcopal Church take votes on moral questions?

I read in the news today that the Episcopal Church is going to vote on same-sex 'marriage'. As a Catholic who looks to the Pope to issue statements on matters of faith and morals, and trusts the Holy ...
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Who determines church dedications?

In some of the more traditional denominations—certainly Catholicism and Anglicanism, to name two—churches or church buildings are named after "saints". This is in contrast to the more evangelical ...
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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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How do Anglicans interpret the great crowd (144,000) of Revelation 7?

What is an overview of the Anglican understandings of who/what are the 144000 of Revelation 7? After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds ...
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How does John Polkinghorne define the soul?

The Reverend Doctor John Polkinghorne, Anglican priest, theoretical physicist, and knight of the British Empire, seems to have interesting ideas about what the soul is. From Wikipedia: He regards ...
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What are Anglicans' opinion about Muhammad (founder of Islam)?

I heard from many Christians that they believe that Muhammad is a false prophet. Some other Christians believe he is prophet from God. What do Anglicans believe about Islam especially its founder? (...
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Why do Anglicans have the “give away” optional in Common Worship but obligatory in Anglican Book of Common Prayer?

Why do Anglicans have the "give away" optional in Common Worship but obligatory in Anglican Book of Common Prayer, and since when did people make the "give away" optional? It says so right here: ...
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Why do Anglicans kneel when Catholics would stand?

During the liturgy in both churches, there are several times (for example, at the Collect, just before the first reading) when a prayer is introduced by words, "Let us pray." At those times, we ...
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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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Why are Catholic bishops styled as archbishops?

In the British Isles, bishops of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Churches are all styled "Right Reverend"; archbishops are "Most Reverend": The Rt Revd John Smith, Bishop of ...
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Are there any known non-trinitarian apologists in the Anglican communion?

I understand that the Anglican Church is trinitarian in belief. However, are there any known non-trinitarian apologists in the communion? Any information both historical and present-day would be ...
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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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Does a comprehensive list for apostolic succession exist?

I'm actively studying apostolic succession and am trying to make a website (with API) that would try to make a timeline. However, finding the links between two bishops/priests is very hard to do. I'...
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What are the arguments for and against the Anglican Covenant?

The Anglican Covenant is a proposal for governing how the member churches of the Anglican Communion should relate to one another. Paul Avis writes (Ecclesiology 7.3, 2011): The Anglican Communion ...
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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 Church of England's doctrine on unbaptised dead infants and how was it formed?

The penultimate rubric in the Book of Common Prayer Public Baptism Service reads: "It is certain by God's Word, that children which are baptized, dying before they commit actual sin, are undoubtedly ...
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According to the Church of England, if humans have free will, why do we ask for things in prayer?

How does the Church of England reconcile these three things, which seem at odds with each other: The bible tells us to ask for things in prayer (ask for what we want / ask for bad things not to ...
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Is there a 'correct' pattern for Anglicans and/or Roman Catholics when crossing yourself?

Some Anglicans 'cross themselves' at various points of an Anglican church service. It is common practice for Roman Catholics. Is there in standard Roman Catholic or Anglican catachesis / instruction ...
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Why do (some) Anglican vicars use 'sing-songy' voices?

I'm confirmed into the Anglican Communion, though I haven't been a regular attender for about 10 years. Now 67 years old, I'm still interested in my Anglican heritage and what my Anglican infant ...
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What education requirements are imposed on ordination candidates in the Anglican church?

What does the Anglican church require from potential ordination candidates as far as education and background? In particular, how would they handle a candidate from a different Protestant background ...
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In the Church of England, can one accept communion without being confimed?

If someone is baptised as a child, but never confirmed, can such a person receive communion? I'd like the viewpoint of the Church of England.
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Who might replace Rowan Williams as Archbishop of Canterbury? [closed]

With the recent announcement that the archbishop of Canterbury will resign, there is bound to at least be a presumed set of replacements, each with a particular vision of the future. At the most ...
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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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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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What would be the consequences for refusing confirmation in the Anglican Church?

What would be the consequences for a teenage child of committed Australian Anglican parents who chose to refuse confirmation? The confirmation may be refused either before the ceremony, i.e. refusing ...
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Comparison of church services between Church of Ireland and the Catholic Church

I am Roman Catholic and what I would like to know is how does the Mass of the Roman Catholic Church differ from one in the Church of Ireland.
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Are sermons from The Second Book of Homilies still read in Anglican Churches?

In the 39 articles of faith, article 35 says the following: XXXV. Of the Homilies. The Second Book of Homilies, the several titles whereof we have joined under this Article, doth contain a godly ...
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What is The Second book of Homilies mentioned in the Anglican 39 articles of faith?

In the 39 articles of faith, article 35 says the following: XXXV. Of the Homilies. The Second Book of Homilies, the several titles whereof we have joined under this Article, doth contain a godly ...
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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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What is the difference between Anglo-Catholicism and Catholicism?

I read about Anglo-Catholicism and what I found is that there aren't differences between them and Catholic (in term of doctrine). Am I wrong? If I'm not in wrong, the only difference is in the Pope's ...
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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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Is it fair to say that the Anglican Church was originally intended to be a 'middle ground' between Catholics and Protestants?

I was having a discussion with a friend and he made the claim: The Anglican Church was originally intended to be a 'middle ground' between Catholics and Protestants. This seemed half-true to me, ...
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Is sacred music still sacred if performed by non-believers? [closed]

Whilst listening to Wednesday Morning 3AM and enjoying the Benedictus, I found myself pondering the question of whether or not this could be considered sacred music as neither the performers were ...