Differences and similarities between baptism in catholic and anglican church?

Hi Guys!

I need some help with a difficult question my son asked me for his project, he asked: “What are the differences and similarities between Catholic baptism and Anglican baptism?”
We need the answers fast, we came to catholic answers because there were no other websites that had answers. We would really appreciate an answer with both similarities and differences. Thanks in advance.

Baptism is more or less the same: Trinitarian formula, water based. The Anglican church retained the Catholic form of baptism after the Reformation. The Catholic Church has always recognized the validity of Anglican baptisms.


Are you asking what is the difference in the formal rite? If so, have your son do a quick Google search for “Catholic rite of baptism” and then “Anglican rite of baptism.” We both use a scripted rite that can most likely be found online pretty easily.

Are you asking what is the difference in the simple act of baptism? If so, the answer is nothing. Catholics and Anglicans both baptize with water “in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost).”

Are you asking what is the difference in the beliefs of the necessity and results of baptism? If so, your son’s gonna have to do some digging into the Catechism of the Catholic Church (found here: http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/index/b.htm) and the equivalent (if there is such a thing) for the Anglican church.

Best of luck to him in his project!


i don’t understand that

Which part don’t you understand?

I need the similarities and differences between catholic and anglican baptism symbols and rituals. In simple terminology, for my son. Sorry my son mark wrote that un polite message sorry.


Unfortunately, those of us who post on this forum are just ordinary people like you. I’m a mom, and a public school teacher, not a theologian.

In order to help your son, I’d have to look the information up online, sort through it, try to understand it, and so on.

But this isn’t my project, which is why I suggested yesterday that your son will have to do some online research, just like anyone here. This website is a social media platform for Catholics and people interested in Catholicism. It is not a website staffed or frequented by people with theological degrees, or experts in Christian denominational differences. We like to help when possible, but your son’s question is just waaaayyyy above most of us ordinary Catholics.

I don’t know how old your son is, so you may have to do the Google search yourself and then help him understand the results.

Here is a link to the Catechism of the Catholic Church online. This is the index for topics starting with the letter B. Scroll down to baptism and see if something under that heading might be relevant. You can click on the numbers next to each subtopic, and it will take you directly to that paragraph of the Catechism.


I’m not now, nor have I ever been an Anglican, so I have absolutely no help to offer you there.

Again, best of luck to your son with his project! :smiley:

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The difference is in how the Protestants view baptism.

They don’t believe that people are saved through the sacrament, even those Protestants who practice infant baptism.

The ritual isn’t key to them at all

That isn’t true for Anglicanism… you’re thinking of evangelicals.

The ritual, the matter and form, is pretty much the same. Water, Trinitarian formula, i.e. baptism in the name of the Father, Son, and The Holy Spirit. If there are significant differences, I am not aware of them.

Read about baptism in the Catholic Encyclopedia:

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The Catholic Church accepts the Anglican baptism as valid and if an Anglican converted to Catholicism there would not be another baptism.
Baptism is done with water in the name of the the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. That is Catholic and Anglican.

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