I believe you would say that he is returning to Anglicanism. The Episcopal Church is the American branch of the Anglican Communion.
There is no merger between Catholicism and Anglicanism. The Catholic church has allowed Anglican who want to, to become Catholic but retain Anglican worship with some modifications. Married Episcopal/Anglican priests are allowed to be reordained as Catholic priests, and there are new structures outside the normal dioceses that direct these priests.
Nothing has happened with Episcopalians. We remain the same fractious bunch.
Originally Posted by twohearts14
I learned on Facebook today that one of my friends is formally entering the Episcopalian Chuch in a few months. I think he converted to Catholicism in high school from Anglicanism, but has decided now in his last year of college to become Episcopalian.
The weird thing about this is that he attends a traditional Catholic college and his mother, who was in the process of taking vows as an eremitic, appears to be supporting him. So do all of the friends who have replied to his post on Facebook. This seems odd to me. I remember that the Anglican Church had some kind of merger with the Catholic Church. Is it possible that something similar happened with the Episcopalians that I'm not aware of? That might explain why everyone is reacting so strangely to his decision.