Catholic and Episcopal Churches

Does the Catholic Church recognize the Episcopal Church’s Sacraments (Besides baptism which I know is recognized and Communion which is not…Reconciliation, Matrimony, and Unction)? Thank you and God Bless!!

Matrimony is recognized since the couple are conferring the Sacrament on themselves. And Baptism is recognized as long as they have a proper understanding of the Trinity, which the Episcopal Church does.

The other Sacraments must be administered by a priest and Rome says that Anglican Orders are not valid, hence the other Sacraments are not considered valid.

What is “unction”???

Last Rites or Anointing the sick

The sacrament of reconciliation requires a validly ordained priest with the faculties to celebrate the sacrament, so reconciliation would be “no” – if an Episcopal minister were to celebrate reconciliation, the Church would not see it as being equivalent to the Catholic sacrament of reconciliation.

Unction, in the Catholic context, includes reconciliation (that’s why only priests can celebrate it, and not Catholic deacons!), so again, the answer is “no” – for it to be considered the Catholic sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, the person celebrating the sacrament must be a priest.

Hope this helps!

Thank you very much for all of the replies!!

If you are interested, the Catholic Church also recognizes Lutheran marriages of 2 baptized peoples as sacramental even though Lutherans do not beleive it to be a Sacrament.

Note that the Church recognizes the marriage of any man and woman who are free to marry [no prior marriage, etc.] If both parties have been baptized the marriage is sacramental.

The only exception I know is for Catholics and Orthodox whose marriage must be according to the procedure specified by their church.

Can. 1055 §1. The matrimonial covenant, by which a man and a woman establish between themselves a partnership of the whole of life and which is ordered by its nature to the good of the spouses and the procreation and education of offspring, has been raised by Christ the Lord to the dignity of a sacrament between the baptized.
§2. For this reason, a valid matrimonial contract cannot exist between the baptized without it being by that fact a sacrament.
Can. 1056 The essential properties of marriage are unity and indissolubility, which in Christian marriage obtain a special firmness by reason of the sacrament.
Can. 1057 §1. The consent of the parties, legitimately manifested between persons quali-fied by law, makes marriage; no human power is able to supply this consent.
§2. Matrimonial consent is an act of the will by which a man and a woman mutually give and accept each other through an irrevocable covenant in order to establish marriage.
Can. 1058 All persons who are not prohibited by law can contract marriage.
Can. 1059 Even if only one party is Catholic, the marriage of Catholics is governed not only by divine law but also by canon law, without prejudice to the competence of civil authority concerning the merely civil effects of the same marriage.

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. For official apologetics resources please visit