What is the difference between catholic church and church of england?

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29 Comments to “What is the difference between catholic church and church of england?”

  • helenness

    Catholic Church is for Catholics. Church of England is Christianity.

  • Buddha

    As far as I am aware, the Church of England worship Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church worship the Virgin Mary.

  • jovibonjon2

    One abuses children the other doesn’t.

  • Bride of Jesus

    I dont know the church of England that well, but I think the difference is that the Church of England is a Christian Church and the Catholic Church is non – Christian.

  • qxzqxzqxz

    King Henry VIII set up the Anglican Church so that he could divorce his wives (the Catholic Church did not permit divorce)…..

  • jamand

    Basically nothing.

    Henry 8th broke off the connection to the Pope (Vatican) and adopted the church/religion as head.

    Other than that – no difference – both bigotted, corrupt and self important and of no use to man nor beast in the modern world

  • Failure By Design ♥

    The Church of England was formed when Henry VIII refused to acknowledge the Pope in Rome, as he would not allow him to remarry, and declared himself the Head of Church in England. The Roman Catholic Church continues to acknowledge the Pope as supreme leader of the Church on earth (St Peter being the first pope directly established by Jesus) while the King or Queen of England is viewed as the (mostly ceremonial) head of the Church of England. Many of the practices remain the same though there have been many theological differences which have cropped up over the centuries.

  • Ray G

    Not too much to the casual observer. The services will look very much alike and the internal structure is about the same, except that the CE does not have a Pope. CE also does not do confession, unless you just want to talk to a priest, but it is not considered necessary. CE priests are allowed to be married and have kids.

  • Fuzzy Wuzzy

    Church of England is Protestant. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_England

    The Protestant Church has no ties to the Vatican, instead of the Pope as the head of the Church it is the King or Queen on the country (among many other differences)

  • Leslie D

    The Anglican Church (of which the C of E is a part) is a loose confederation of national churches. The Roman Catholic church is structured as if it were a multi-national company.

  • Jonty

    Church of England was started by Henry 8th. He left the catholic church because he couldn’t get divorced. So he started his own religion based similar beliefs to the catholic church but with slightly different rules which allowed him to divorce.

    Both religions are Christian and believe in the same God.

    Hope this helps

  • Monkeypie

    The Church of England traces its roots back to the early church, but its specifically Anglican identity and its links to the State date back to the Reformation.

    Henry VIII started the process of creating the Church of England after his split with the Pope in the 1530s. Henry was anxious to ensure a male heir after his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, had borne him only a daughter. He wanted his marriage annulled in order to remarry. In 1534 after several attempts to persuade the Pope to grant an annulment, Henry passed the Act of Succession and then the Act of Supremacy. These recognised that the King was “the only supreme head of the Church of England called Anglicana Ecclesia”. Henry adopted the title given to him by the Pope in 1521, that of Defender of the Faith.

  • Future OFCOM

    The pope has more to answer for.

  • T´nuc

    Who cares ……….as long as its not Islam

    OMG ……I might get a suicide thumbs down….!!!

    And as for the guy that sent me an Email……SHUT UP …..this is called freedom of speech………that´s something you don’t have with Islam..!

  • Bishop's Hall Paradise

    One of them touches people……..the other one….well…they do the same.

  • doublequinella

    They’re just different denominations. Someone needs to tell Bride that Catholics are Christian. Why not it be me?

  • Flick

    Oh dear. The Thickie McThickies have been let out again!

    The Church of England came into being because Henry VIII wanted a divorce which the Pope would not grant. He decided to break away from Rome and he became the head of the Church of England (as is the Queen now)

    They are basically the same with a few fundamental differences, the most common being the transformation of bread into the body of Christ and all the “trappings” that go with the more ritualistic Catholic Church.

    They are both Christian!

    I am sure there will be other answers with more info than mine, but I think religion, especially christianity, is a complete sham. I just wanted to put the ignorant people right.

    As for the idiot that brought up the child abuse – I imagine you think you are funny but you are not. Abusers seek out positions that puts them into contact with children. The priesthood is an ideal opportunity. They are not abusers because they are priests, they are priests because they are abusers. And it happens in other denominations as well.

    EDIT – Jamand – thumbs up – totally agree with you.

  • elwood blues

    The Catholic Church recognises the authority of the Pope. The Catholic Church is international, its base in England being Westminster Cathedral in London and the Papal Representative at present being Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor.

    The Church of England was founded in the 16th Century by King Henry VIII when he fell out with the Pope over the issue of his divorce from Queen Katherine (The Reformation). He appointed himself Head of the Church of England, a poisiton still held by the reigning Monarch, today, with the title, ‘Defender of the Faith’ – ironically awarded to Henry by the Pope as a reward for writing a book denouncing Martin Luther.

    The highest ranking Cleric in the Church of England is the Archbishop of Canterbury, presently this post is held by Rowan Williams.

  • Yaf

    A catholic church is attened by red necks and a c of e church isnt.

  • Idle Curiosity

    Not much difference, BUT we are united against the godless.

  • sinead

    reading through the answers there is a lot of misconception

    the Anglican (English) Church broke away from the Catholic Church when King Henry V111 decided to run the church his way thereby creating a new branch of Christianity
    The main differences are:-

    1. The English Soveriegn is head of the C of E whereas the Pope is the head of the Catholic Church


    2.The communion, where the Anglicans believe that the bread and wine represent the body and blood of Christ

    the Catholics believe that the bread and wine are transformed into the body and blood of Christ.
    a subtle difference to others but a big one for the believers

    there has been movements to reunite the 2 but these 2 things are the stumbling blocks and probably the hardest is No1 who will relinquish power?

    A note to idle: we are not against the Godless we pray for them that they might become Godfearing as God is there for EVERYONE, yes even those wgo dont believe it.

  • Karenita EWTN

    The Church of England permits divorce and the Catholic Church does not.

  • fredbloggs

    just man made ritual. god doesnt care how you worship as long as you do.

  • Elmbeard

    Henry VIII set up the Church of England so that he could get a divorce and marry a woman who would give him a male heir. The only one that did promptly died doing so. Henry then closed down the monasteries and tore down most of their buildings to provide stone for his friends’ mansions, and sequestered the churches. Catholicism was forbidden in England for several centuries on pain of death, but was permitted again in the reign of Queen Victoria and many English Catholic churches date from then.

    These days the differences are:

    The Catholic Church owes its allegiance to the Pope and its rituals and beliefs are strictly defined by the Vatican. The Church of England is guided by the Lambeth Conference, but is a little less strict.

    Catholics believe that the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ during the transfiguration, whereas for the Anglicans it is an act of remembrance.

    The Church of England allows its priests to marry and also allows women priests. Both are forbidden in the Catholic Church whose priests must be male and take a vow of celibacy.

    The Church of England recognises divorce, whereas the Catholic Church does not.

    The Catholic Church has a much greater reverence for the communion of saints, in particular St Mary, the mother of Jesus. You will find statues and the opportunity to light candles under them in order to gain inspiration from them. This is rather thought of by Anglicans as idolatry.

    The Church of England traditionally sings psalms in block harmony (although this is dying out); Catholics sing psalms with a soloist followed by a chorus.

    The Catholics have a greater number of holidays that are days of obligation and attendance at Mass is expected.

    Catholics have Mass, and Anglicans have Services. Anglicans have sermons; Catholics have homilies.

    Catholics have a great reverence for the sanctity of life, which starts at conception. Abortion is therefore considered a form of murder. Anglicans are far more relaxed about this.

    Catholics have the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Confession where any trouble which is making a barrier between someone and God can be addressed and dealt with in absolute confidence. The Church of England does not have such a thing.

    Anglicans are nearly all English speaking, or have English as a second language. Catholics have a much greater range of languages, and only recently was it allowed to say mass in any other language than Latin for fear that heresies were being uttered and nobody in authority had the local linguistic skills to realise what was happening.

    If I think of some more, I’ll add it later…

  • Penelope

    The Church of England is a different denomination of Christianity it is Anglican, but you can get different types of Anglican (liberal non liberal) The Church Of England does not focus on Mary as much as the Catholic Church, contraception is ok in Church of England but not in the Catholic Church, Church Of England allows lady vicars and bishops Catholic Church does not. Church of England Vicars can get married and have children Catholic priests can not. The Catholic design of church is much more elaborate and beautiful.

    These are just some differences, but in each denomination there are people that do not agree with everything in there church.

    Hope this helpsxxxxx

  • Harvest Angel of Wisdom

    If you’re interested, this is a popular forum for Catholic Christians, you may find more answers here…


    Here is one for Anglican Christians…


  • imacatholic2

    “What separates us as believers in Christ is much less than what unites us.” (Pope John XXIII)

    Almost all important doctrine is completely agreed upon between Catholic Christians and other Christians.

    Here is the joint declaration of justification by Catholics (1999), Lutherans (1999), and Methodists (2006):

    By grace alone, in faith in Christ’s saving work and not because of any merit on our part, we are accepted by God and receive the Holy Spirit, who renews our hearts while equipping us and calling us to good works.


    There are many minor doctrine issues and some major cultural traditional differences which, I believe, do not matter that much.

    A Catholic worships and follows Christ in the tradition of Catholicism which, among other things, recognizes that Christ made Peter the leader of His new Church and Pope Benedict XVI is Peter’s direct successor.

    For more information, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church: http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text/index.htm

    With love in Christ.

  • Believer, wife and mother

    The Roman Catholic Church is headed by the Pope and the Church of England has the Queen as the head of their church. At one time the English were all Catholics and some of their big Cathedrals were all Catholic Churches and some of our Great Saints are buried under the floor of these Cathedrals. God bless you.

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