Could anyone tell me more about this faith and what the differences are from the Catholic Church


Anglo-Catholics hold that there are 7 sacraments and a sacrificing priesthood. The only thing they don’t hold to is Papal Infallibility. Go into any Church of England Church in Britain, and it is barely distinguishable from its Catholic counterpart.


I don’t think all C of E churches are automatically “Anglo-Catholic”. It’s my understanding that Anglo-Catholic is a specific subgroup of C of E, which is somewhat diverse.

Nor do I think that all C of E churches in Britain are “barely distinguishable” from the Catholics. Some are and some aren’t.


C of E. is diverse. The specific subgroup of which you speak is the churches that call themselves “Anglican”, which are in fact, low-church (holding two sacraments, not 7)…in fact, the real Church of England has made moves (temporarily) to distance themselves from the American Episcopalians and others who hold these beliefs The sacristan of St. James in Sydney took me around the church on a tour, and compared the only two “High” churches in Sydney (St. James, and Christ Church St. Laurence - I’ve attended Vespers at Christ Church St. Laurence) with those any of the Church of England churches in England. The High Church tradition in England (formed by Cardinal Newman and the Oxford Movement) is what the Australian Church of England is based upon. Any other tradition (ie. Low Church) is not from the Oxford Movement and not Anglo-Catholic.


Learner1969. You might find this link useful.


Anglo-Catholics are a part of the Church of England. They are also often called “the High Church”, in contrast to the “Low Church”, which is the Evangelical wing of the C of E.

Here is a list of seventy-something Anglican churches in the UK that proclaim themselves Anglo-Catholic. You’ll see that nearly all of them are in England. There seem to be just two or three in Scotland and one each in Wales and N.I.


You are confusing Anglicans with Anglo-Catholics. Not the same.


I thought Anglicans and Episcopalians
hold to 5 sacraments, not 7.


Well, the parish of Christ Church St. Laurence seem to think they are the same, since

“Since its early days, the parish has stood in the High Church and Anglo-Catholic traditions and has maintained a reputation for fine liturgy and music: in 1845, CCSL had the city’s first robed choir and was known for the decency and order of its services. In 1884, CCSL became the first Anglican church in NSW to adopt a cross and candles on the altar, and was the first to introduce Eucharistic vestments in 1885…”


Here is a list of Churches which identify as Anglo-Catholic:

Also has (for the OP) a listing of Anglo-Catholic identifiers: ie. Statues of the Virgin Mary, Holy Water fonts…

And, according to this Anglican website:

“High Church [is] also known as Anglo-Catholic… [and] emphasize the more Catholic approach rather than the Protestant approach. This outgrowth was more introduced in the 19th Century, and was to reintroduce Catholic perspectives towards the religion. They are attempting to renew the church by using approaches to help the poor
and unchurched…”

They still employ the use of the Book of Common Prayer, and the Holy See allows for the use of an adapted BCP for the Ordinariate.


According to the “thirty-nine articles”, there are seven sacraments, and are divided as follows:

Baptism and Eucharist are listed in Anglicanism under "Sacraments ordained of Christ our Lord in the Gospel;

The following are “Commonly called Sacraments but not to be counted for Sacraments of the Gospel”

Holy Orders
Confession and absolution
Holy Matrimony
Anointing of the Sick


I believe the Episcopal church also followed the 39 articles, but I did not think
confession was considered a Sacrament like it is in the Catholic church. So if you remove confession and absolution there are 5 Sacraments remaining.


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