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Why would an Archbishop give such long notice of retirement?

Archbishops in the Church of England, as a rule, must retire on or before their seventieth birthdays. However, in special circumstances, the Queen can grant an extension of up to one year. ...
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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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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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How could Queen Victoria of England marry her first cousin?

In the Roman Catholic Church canon law forbids marriage between first cousins. The same applied in England before the Reformation, but since then the Church of England has allowed marriage between ...
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How did Thomas More manage to save his family?

According to Sir Thomas More: Biography, Facts and Information and according to The last letter of Sir Thomas More, 1535 the Act of Succession was that which began the events leading to More's ...
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Can Prince Harry marry his fiancée by the Church of England's precepts?

The original question was whether a member of the C of E can marry a Roman Catholic in an Anglican ceremony, in a C of E church, according to C of E precepts. As it transpires Meghan is not RC so the ...
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What is the purpose of praying over the water at an Church of England baptism?

The page linked to in the question shows two versions of the Prayer over the Water which were introduced in 2015. These are alternatives, in "accessible language", to the main Prayer over the Water ...
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Does the Church of England regard itself as responsible for the behaviour of the general populace?

The Church of England cannot and does not of itself regulate the behaviour of the general British population. Church laws apply only to clergy and to members of the church, and sanctions against ...
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How did Thomas More manage to save his family?

This is just to add slightly to Nigel's excellent and informative answer, specifically on the "loophole" allowing More's family to "remain Catholic" (as referred to in the question). At that time no ...
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What would the Roman Catholic Church position be, should I declare myself “member of the Church of England”?

What would the Roman Catholic Church position be, should I declare myself “member of the Church of England”? If you were to declare yourself a member of the Church of England, you would be declared in ...
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How does the Anglican Church defend its legitimacy due to the circumstances of its founding?

Introduction First we need to ask, what should legitimacy be based on? Should it be: the approval of the England's parliament? Catholic church canon law? The will of the majority of the bishops? The ...
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What is the present attitude of the Church of England towards the 39 articles and the 33 Homilies?

The Canon Law of the Church of England, in point A2, states: The Thirty-nine Articles are agreeable to the Word of God and may be assented unto with a good conscience by all members of the Church ...
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Has the Church of England responded on the latest comment of its "Head"?

The Church of England website has several prayers composed with regard to the current pandemic. https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-parishes/coronavirus-...
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Has the Church of England responded on the latest comment of its "Head"?

Michael Nazir-Ali, former Anglican Bishop of Rochester, published a Comment on page 16 in today's Daily Telegraph regarding the Queen's speech. He made a plea for Churches to reopen for Easter in ...
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Would sherry do for an Anglican (Church of England)?

If the Anglican Church is similar to the Lutherans, than Sherry will do just fine as it's made in a natural manner without adding spirits made from grain. Sherry uses white grapes for the base wine. ...
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Was there an official Church of England response to the 2002 survey of clergy beliefs?

The survey in question was commissioned by a group called "Cost of Conscience". This is, or was, a group within the Church of England which was originally opposed to the ordination of women priests, ...
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Can Prince Harry marry his fiancée by the Church of England's precepts?

Wikipedia says Though she attended Catholic school as a child, Markle identified as a Protestant prior to her engagement to Prince Harry. Following her engagement, it was announced that she would ...
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What differentiates a priest, a clerk, a capellanus, a subdeacon and a rector?

I'm no expert, but will attempt a partial answer - first, the educational qualifications refer to:- BA - Bachelor of Arts MA - Master of Arts (traditionally awarded automatically to Oxford graduates ...
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What Sunday services were held in a tyical English parish church before the Reformation?

What Sunday services were held in a tyical English parish church before the Reformation? The Catholic Church in England prior to the Reformation generally celebrated Mass, Matins and Evensong (Vespers)...
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What day and year was the first public and general confession held in the Church of England?

The Act of Supremacy made no alterations to the services, worship or doctrine of the Church of England apart from rejecting Papal authority. It was initially what today we might call a very soft ...
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What day and year was the first public and general confession held in the Church of England?

It was not prescribed in the Act of Supremacy, which occurred in 1534 (see that info further below). It looks like the rights to confession were first included in the "39 Articles of Religion," a ...
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Can Prince Harry marry his fiancée by the Church of England's precepts?

The answer to your question looks like "yes" based on interfaith dialogue The Anglican and Catholic Churches issued a joint position on "mixed marriages" in 1975. The contracting parties are the ...
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What is the present attitude of the Church of England towards the 39 articles and the 33 Homilies?

This is just to add a little to luchonacho's answer. It first describes the legal position of the 39 Articles which is that they are definitive doctrine. It then looks at the level of Commitment to ...
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Are the ordination-statuses in this list exclusive and comprehensive?

The list is not exclusive - curates are ordained. (Did you mean, ordinand - someone who is training for ordination?). Also there are several statuses for lay people who are not ordained: licensed lay ...
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Does the Church of England regard itself as responsible for the behaviour of the general populace?

I am sure we shall all rest easier in our beds tonight knowing that the Church of England regards itself as responsible only for the behaviour of their clergy. The statement they issued (for which ...
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Would sherry do for an Anglican (Church of England)?

Would sherry do for an Anglican (Church of England)? If you would permit me, I would like to use a former Anglican, now Catholic as a source for answering your question. I believe he is being ...
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Who are the persons (within the C of E) who are attempting to depart from calling God 'He'?

The Church of England Liturgical Commission is chaired by the Bishop of Exeter and the Bishop of Lichfield is Vice-Chair. The other members of the Commission are: Ms Shayne Ardron The Revd Dr ...
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On Bishops Who Refused to Sign Henry VIII's Oath of Succession?

Possible referents of "two others" The Wikipedia article on the 1534 Act Respecting the Oath to the Succession also mentioned only one bishop (Bishop John Fisher) and grouped him with two ...
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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?

The most natural way to understand experimental or trial blessings of same-sex weddings is, as OP assumes, to investigate how effective they are. Do couples who are blessed in this way experience God'...
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