[quote="KnightIHSV, post:7, topic:319807"]
Thank you - my question answered. All Anglican orders are null and void.
So when Pope Francis sends a message to the Archbishop of Canterbury, are we being polite, ie we still do not recognise the validity of the Archbishop of Canterbury's consecration.
It's neither of the two. While we do not consider him a valid bishop, we recognise that he has an office and responsibility to match, and that is why we still address him with the respect due to him. It is not mere politeness but rather a real and full recognition of the responsibilities of his position, even though said position is occupied by a layperson. We would do the same when addressing other Protestant pastors as well. :)