I have a very close friend who really seems to have a strong faith and a good, close, prayerful relationship with God. She grew up as a Presbyterian and seems more non-denominational now, but attends an Episcopal church and seems to like it very much. I attended one of their services yesterday and almost felt like I was at a Catholic High mass. 90% of everything was the same and the differences that there were were nuanced and seemed subtle, though I’m sure there are major differences. I didn’t go to communion there because I am not ‘in communion with them’ and waited until mass last night.
So here are the questions: 1) What are the differences between the Catholic Church and the Episcopal church now? 2) They say they believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, but does the Catholic church believe that Christ becomes really present in the Eucharist at an Episcopal “service”? Not that I want to receive communion there, but I want to understand their theology so as to, perhaps help this friend of mine find the fullness of the faith in the Catholic church.
By the way, her words for the Episcopal church is that it’s “Catholic Light”.