[quote="BernadetteM, post:1, topic:292353"]
I was looking for my old Episcopal church on the web and the site states that The Church of Our Savior was the first "Protestant" church in the San Gabriel Valley.
If Anglicans claim to be catholic and not protestants, why would this parish call themselves Protestants?
Do some Anglican/Episcopal parishes consider themselves Catholic and others Protestant? It does seem conflicting that there seems to be a division within the Anglican Communion whether they are "catholic" or "protestant".
If some Anglicans could comment of the difference of opinions within the Anglican Communion on what it actually believed by all it will be helpful.
My brother is Episcopalian and considers himself Protestant. On CAF most Anglicans seem to consider themselves catholic. Also my parents considered themselves Protestants too.
Thanks for any input as it is truely confusing. I am not posting to create conflict, just found this situation strange.
Yours in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary
Hi Bernadette. Although I am Catholic, my Father was Anglican. I think it's fair to say (and I am generalising here) that most low-church Anglicans would probably consider themselves protestant whilst high church Anglicans would consider themselves Catholic.
However, most Anglican theologians identify with both the Catholic (as Anglicans retained the three-fold ministry of Bishops, Priests and Deacons, episcopal ordinations, formal liturgies, etc) and Reformed (attitude to authority, and use of the Bible) traditions.
I think there is also a difference between the churches within the Anglican Communion. For example, The Episopal Church used to call itself the "Protestant Episcopal Church" I believe. Whereas the Churches of England, Ireland , Wales and the Scottish Episcopal Church (all separate entities) don't use the word Protestant to describe themselves, rather Reformed Catholic. The Church od Ireland is the "lowest" in terms of liturgy of this group.
Hope this helps.