[quote="CutlerB, post:1, topic:299095"]
When I talked to my parish priest today, he mentioned that we as Anglicans have Apostolic Succession. Now, I know that the Catholic Church doesn't recognise Anglican orders and disagrees with their view on valid Apostolic Succession, wherefore I strongly doubt that claim also. Can anyone explain the Catholic viewpoint on this for me? Does the Anglican Church have valid succession? If it does, would there be other problems? Would anyone consider Anglicanism a heresy or rather a schism?
On the side: In our talks we came across points such as women's ordination, homosexuality, authority, the Body of Christ (the Church), the Eucharist (apparently our parish priest believes in the Real Presence, as do I). The matter of apostolicity is very important to me, as the validity of the Eucharistic Consecration depends on that. If it does indeed have valid succession, I would be receiving the Body of Christ without actually considering the host to really be His flesh. (Afterall, I consider only the Catholic consecrated hosts the flesh of Christ).
Anyway, back to the talks: That's where I came across this desire for unity in our priest, but also his apparently quite Catholic views on some points. However, women's ordination and homosexuality are exceptions to that. I try to sometimes ask questions that might point our talks toward Rome, but I feel very uncomfortable becoming more direct, since I do not want to offend anybody by doubting the validity of their ordination. After all, we're a wonderful team.
I hope you can help me, God bless.
I'm sure you know, There are Anglicans / parishes who have returned to the Catholic Church, and operate now under the Anglican rite. Those priests were then all ordained in the Catholic Church.
As for Anglicans in general, this document as I'm sure you know this one already, is the explanation of null & void papalencyclicals.net/Leo13/l13curae.htm