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Anglicanism versus Catholic comparison chart
Edit this comparison chartAnglicanismCatholic
Use of statues and pictures Pictures permitted Permitted as means of inspiration
Scriptures Holy Bible, especially the King James Version. Holy Bible, a collection of canonical books in two parts (the Old Testament and the New Testament). Usually Douay-Rheims or Knox Version.
Place of origin England Palestine & Rome; Roman Empire
Place of worship Church, chapel, cathedral Church, chapel, cathedral
Concept of Deity Believe in the Trinity of God. Three persons in one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit Believe in the Trinity of God. Three persons in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Birth of Jesus Virgin Birth Virgin Birth
Second coming of Jesus Affirmed Affirmed
Death of Jesus Death by Crucifixion Death by Crucifixion
Literal Meaning "of England." catholic - from the Greek adjective καθολικός (katholikos), meaning "universal"
Resurrection of Jesus Affirmed Affirmed
Clergy The ArchBishop of Cantebury, Bishops, Priests, Monks and Deacons. Women can be priests and/or nuns. The Pope, followed by Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops, and Priests, Monks and Deacons. Women can be nuns.
Authority of Pope Somewhat Affirmed Affirmed
Day of worship Sunday. Sunday. Personal Sacrifice during Lent.
Founder King Henry VIII, when the Pope would not permit him to divorce. Jesus Christ, followed by Peter as the first Pope, then all Popes following Peter.
Time of origin The 15'Th Century c. 315AD
Life after death Heaven or Hell Eternal Salvation in Heaven; Eternal Damnation in Hell; Temporal third state before Heaven, known as Purgatory.
Savior Jesus Christ Jesus Christ
Status of women Women can be ordained as priests or nuns. Variable but treated with respect. Women are not allowed to be priests. However, they can become nuns.
Geographical predominance Britain, North America, Africa Italy, Philippines, Latin America, France, Spain, Mexico, Poland, Ireland
Prophet Believe in all prophets from the Books of the Holy Bible. Believe in all prophets of the Books from the Holy Bible.
Ressurection of Jesus Affirmed Affirmed
Marriage The Holy union of a man and woman. However, divorce is allowed The Holy union of a man and woman. What God has bound together, no person can separate.
Mary Mother of God Mary is considered favored among women, and was chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus through a virgin birth. Thus, she is considered holy, and may be prayed to as an intercessor to God.
Significance of Eucharist / Communion Christ is Literally Present Commonly termed the 'Mystic Supper' or 'Divine Liturgy' - This makes present Christ's sacrifice and therefore forgiveness of sins is obtained through it. It is also an encounter with the Risen Christ.
Original Language(s) English Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Latin
Offshoot religions Episcopalianism is essentially the same as Anglicanism, without the British Queen as Defender of the Faith. Eastern Orthodox and Protestant sects of Christianity.
Confessing sins By yourself to God To God through priests
Type of Worship Adoring Eucharist Prayer, Praise, Singing, Scripture Reading, and Adoring Eucharist
Presence of Christ in Eucharist / Communion Affirmed During the Eucharist, the Priest calls down the Holy Spirit upon the gifts (the bread and the wine). They then change into the actual body and blood of Christ. The precise way in which this happens is a divine mystery.
Praying to Saints, Mary, and Angel Permitted Only for their intercession or help, at end of each prayer you must say "but only God's will be done".
Purgatory Does not exist A place of cleansing and preparation for heaven. Also a place where the punishment due to unremitted venial sins may be expiated.

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