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Is a Roman Catholic ever permitted to take the Anglican Eucharist?

No. Canon 844 says: Catholic ministers administer the sacraments licitly to Catholic members of the Christian faithful alone, who likewise receive them licitly from Catholic ministers alone. So ...
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What are the theological implications of "pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death"?

The point of this passage is that the petitioner is asking for Mary, Theotokos, to pray to her Son, Jesus Christ, to assist them at that time, and at their death. It is hoped that her prayer and ...
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What are the main differences between Anglicanism and Catholicism?

The 39 Articles are the foundational document of Anglicanism (though not all Anglicans accept them now). The major points of difference with Catholicism which are explained in the Articles are: ...
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How do Anglicans, who recognize apostolic succession, trace theirs?

The same way that the Catholics do. Anglicans consider themselves catholic and reformed. The Anglican church was the Catholic Church in England until the reformation when they stopped recognizing the ...
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What is the position of the Episcopal Church on the evolution of man?

In 2006, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church affirmed its support for the theory of evolution, resolving by Resolution 2006-A129: That God is Creator, in accordance with the witness of ...
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Is there a 'correct' pattern for Anglicans and/or Roman Catholics when crossing yourself?

For Catholics, it's using the right hand, forehead-chest-left shoulder-right shoulder. The Sign of the Cross (from the Fountain of Catholic Knowledge, OFFICE OF CATHOLIC PUBLICATIONS, Imprimatur,...
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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?

There were many people involved in the formation of the Anglican church, and they had different purposes for it. The most prominent initial issue was of course Henry VIII's desire to get a divorce. ...
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In the Church of England, can one accept communion without being confimed?

This comes under Canon B15A. The only essential prerequisite is baptism. Other than that: If you're a member of the C of E, you should be confirmed (or at least want to be confirmed) to take ...
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Why don't most Protestants consider confession to be a sacrament?

Prior to Christ, a priest was needed to help make sacrifice to receive forgiveness: Thus shall he do with the bull. As he did with the bull of the sin offering, so shall he do with this. And the ...
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Can Patron Saints be "dethroned"?

Patron saints are not, in general, centrally designated by the Vatican. (St Thomas More is a notable exception. He was declared patron saint of statesmen and politicians by the motu proprio E Sancti ...
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Are there any Saints that have miraculously overcome death (should have died, but did not)?

Yes, St. Polycarp (A.D. 69-155). The early Church Father St. Polycarp. He was put in fire, yet he did not burn. We read in The Martyrdom of Polycarp: This, then, was carried into effect with ...
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Do Anglicans use Latin anymore? If so, how much and for what?

Anglicans do not use Latin for any form of normal worship service or for any normal purposes. The 24th article of the foundational articles of the Anglican church states: It is a thing plainly ...
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What are the differences/distinctive between the Anglican and Episcopal churches?

Anglican Churches and Episcopal churches are almost all members of the Anglican Communion, a group of churches all associated with the Church of England. As such they all subscribe to a similar ...
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Are there any known non-trinitarian apologists in the Anglican communion?

The Anglican church in many places is extremely lax in disciplining or evicting those with heretical beliefs. Historical Anglicanism had no capacity for non-Trinitarianism, and even though the ...
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When were the "three times a year" when one was supposed to receive communion?

At the end of the Holy Communion service in the Church of England Book of Common Prayer are 9 rubrics (i.e. rules or notes) the seventh of which begins: And note, that every Parishioner shall ...
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What is the Anglican teaching on Hell?

Here is a list of all the official Anglican statements of belief that talk about hell: The 39 Articles of Religion Contrary to what you say, the 39 Articles do mention hell, in Article 3: As Christ ...
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Are there any Saints that have miraculously overcome death (should have died, but did not)?

Are there any Saints that have miraculously overcome death (should have died, but did not)? Do not know if this counts, but it is an interesting story anyway. I personally would find it miraculous ...
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What is the Anglican and Episcopalian basis for viewing the Trinity as a family that should contain a feminine element?

During the course of my research into this subject I found an article that presents some views of the Episcopalian Church with regard the feminine element within the Godhead: The prayer book, first ...
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How do Anglicans, who recognize apostolic succession, trace theirs?

Up until the time of the Reformation, the line of apostolic succession is the same between the Church of England and Roman Catholicism. The English Reformation initially had more in common with the ...
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What are Anglicans' opinion about Muhammad (founder of Islam)?

Anglican would, for the most part, not disagree with the assessment given by the Catholic church in the linked questions. Islamic teaching - specifically the teaching of Muhammed in the Quran - is ...
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Why do Anglicans have the "give away" optional in Common Worship but obligatory in Anglican Book of Common Prayer?

According to its wikipedia article, the Anglican publication 'Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England' was launched in the year 2000 and was a successor to the Alternative ...
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Why do (some) Anglican vicars use 'sing-songy' voices?

I submit that there may be a practical reason for the sing-songy voice, and I have tested the reason myself, with the help of a friend. First, I read a passage from Scripture in a normal speaking ...
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Does a comprehensive list for apostolic succession exist?

I believe that Catholic Hierarchy is currently the best tool for showing apostolic succession. Keep in mind that written records only exist going back to the Renaissance, and they get spottier as we ...
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How does John Polkinghorne define the soul?

Introduction Polkinghorne briefly states his conception of the soul in the introduction to The God of Hope and the End of the World: The soul ... is conceived of as the information-bearing pattern ...
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What is the origin of vicars/priests wearing the white dog collar?

First of all, let us deal with the origins of the term "dog Collar". The term "Dog Collar" is a nickname of Anglican origin for the neckband of a clerical shirt or a Roman Collar (of the Catholic ...
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Variances in the sacrament of confession

Roman Catholic Understanding According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Anyone who is aware of having committed a mortal sin must not receive Holy Communion, even if he experiences deep ...
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How do the Personal Ordinariates differ from Anglicanism?

In terms of what has been added, subtracted or changed: either “not a great deal” or “a huge amount”. What has happened is that members of the Anglican Church have been received into the Catholic ...
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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?

There's no inherent incompatibility. Both denominations believe in forms of apostolic succession (though not the kind asserted by the Catholic Church.) Wikipedia explains: The Anglican Communion &...
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According to Anglicanism, is the Pope the Antichrist?

No. The Article of the Westminster Confession quoted in the question clearly identifies the Pope as the Antichrist. However the Westminster Confession is not a doctrinal standard of the Anglican ...
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Would the Anglican Church consider themselves Protestant?

The Anglican denomination is thoroughly Protestant; yes there is an Anglo-Catholic sub-branch, and some High Anglican liturgical features may have the trappings of Catholicism, but the core and heart ...
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