I have wandered throughout my life looking for the proper church that makes me feel at home and the most welcome. I went to a variety of churches and finally found one. For me atleast, its an Eastern Catholic Church of the Maronite tradition. I don’t know if I stated that right but come Easter I fully hope to be a Maronite Catholic. What does this have to do with the title of this thread you ask? Well, allow me to explain.
Through my journey to find a spiritual home I attended a variety of churches trying to fill a spiritual void in my heart. The 2 churches I didn’t manage to go to were the above listed in the title. I am happy going to the Maronite church and don’t plan on changing. But I was curious. I’ve heard that the Anglican church is referred to Catholic lite though I’m sure that statement ruffles traditionalist feathers on both sides. I was wondering for my own education and the benefit of others here on this board if they could elaborate on a few things?
Is the difference between the 2 churches the leadership? ie the Anglicans acknowledge Canterbury as head and the Episcapalians acknowledge someone else?
What is High church and Low church? Is that like the EF and the ON for Roman Catholics?
What is this Real Presence I keep reading about here?
I’ve read the term Anglo Catholics but what is that exactly?
Keep in mind I live in Texas and I know that there is an Anglican Use Catholic church there. From what I understand their Catholic but they follow the Anglican traditions just changed it to reflect the Pope and have his blessing. Thus, any Catholic or Anglican can go there and receive the sacraments.
With the the creation of Anglican Use churches would more Episcapalians or Anglicans be interested in having more of them? I believe they’re under the local Bishops control he can choose to have them if there is a need and if there are priests qualified to do both. Thats nothing new, as even my Eastern Catholic church , though my Maronite Patriarch is in Lebanon, we still operate under the guidance of the local Roman Catholic Bishop I believe.
Anyway please consider this post as a request for information about the Anglican and Episcapalian churches.