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Chris wrote:

HI, guys —

  • What is the fundamental difference between the Catholic Church and
    the Church of England?


  { What is the fundamental difference between the Catholic Church and the Church of England? }

John replied:

Hi Chris,

The Catholic Church was founded 2000 years ago by Jesus Christ upon Peter the Rock.

The Church of England was founded 400 years ago by Henry VIII King of England so that he could get a divorce and remarry.

First, Henry led his people into schism, and then the Church of England fell into heresy after heresy. Apostolic Succession was interrupted because bishops and priests were not ordained in a valid manner. Hence, the Sacraments administered in the Church of England are all illicit and because their Holy Orders is invalid, their Eucharistic celebration is not only illicit, but invalid, along with any sacramental absolution they attempt to administer.

The Church of England back then had it's own internal schisms. Today, you have:

  • the high Church, which is ceremonially similar to the Catholic Church, and
  • the low Church which is more in keeping with "Reform" theology.
  • Finally, you have a broad Church in which practically anything goes.

All that said, there are many devout Christians in the Church of England. There are also many devout ministers to be found there. We do share many articles of faith, among them are:

  • the belief in the Trinity and
  • Salvation by Grace.

Hope this helps,


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