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Is the Anglican Church Catholic or Protestant?

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The Church of England, or Anglican Church, is the primary state church in England, where the concepts of church and state are linked. The Church of England is considered the original church of the Anglican Communion, which represents over 85 million people in more than 165 countries. While the Church upholds many of the customs of Roman Catholicism, it also embraces fundamental ideas adopted during the Protestant Reformation. In recent years, the Church of England has been viewed as one of the more progressive sects of Christianity and is known for its relatively liberal policies, such as allowing the ordination of women and gay priests.

Church of England Facts
The British monarch is considered the supreme governor of the Church. Among other privileges, he or she has the authority to approve the appointment of archbishops and other church leaders.
The Church of England contends that the Bible is the principle foundation of all Christian faith and thought.
Followers embrace the sacraments of baptism and holy communion.
The Church claims to be both Catholic and Reformed. It upholds teachings found in early Christian doctrines, such as the Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed. The Church also reveres 16th century Protestant Reformation ideas outlined in texts, such as the Thirty-Nine Articles and the Book of Common Prayer.
The Church of England sustains a traditional Catholic order system that includes ordained bishops, priests and deacons.
The Church follows an episcopal form of government. It’s divided into two provinces: Canterbury and York. Provinces are separated into dioceses, which are headed by bishops and include parishes.
The Archbishop of Canterbury is thought to be the most senior cleric in the Church.
The Church’s bishops play a lawmaking role in Britain. Twenty-six bishops sit in the House of Lords and are referred to as the “Lords Spiritual.”
Generally, the Church embraces a way of thinking that includes scripture, tradition and reason.
The Church of England is sometimes referred to as the Anglican Church and is part of the Anglican Communion, which contains sects such as the Protestant Episcopal Church.
Each year, about 9.4 million people visit a Church of England cathedral.
In recent years, women and homosexuals were given the opportunity to participate in the church’s leadership roles.

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