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  •  Points taken, but (none)
    The Anglican tradition is the Catholic tradition.  I would never consider myself protestant, and that's important to me.  The episocpacy, the centrality of the mass, the beauty of worship are all important to me.  Being able to say the rosary and the angelus, to have access to art and architecture and fine music are very important to me.  Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament is important to me.

    I suppose I'm fortunate to live in a large enough city that I can benefit from "the beauty of holiness" expressed in Anglo-Catholic Anglican worship - but you can also get that at more middle-of-the-road Anglican parishes, as well.

    "The state has no place in the bedrooms of the nation." - Pierre Trudeau

    by fishhead on Wed Nov 17, 2004 at 02:35:13 PM PST

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    •  Anglican/Episcopalian (none)

      In some ways, the Episcopal Church preserved a lot of what was beautiful in the Catholic Church.  The Hymnal 1982 offers a wider variety of chants than any other Catholic hymnal.  

      The Scottish Episcopal Church, which is the Episcopal Church's mother church [1], agreed to consecrate our first bishops provided that we conform the American Book of Common Prayer to the Scottish one in some respects, particularly an invocation of the Holy Spirit in the Great Thanksgiving (Catholics call it the Liturgy of the Eucharist).  

      [1] The shield of the Episcopal Church USA has nine white crosses arranged as an X on a blue field in its upper-left quadrant.  That is St. Andrew's cross, the symbol of Scotland.  The Church of England's consecration required an oath of loyalty to the King.  Even if that were overlooked, English bishops did not think it fair to send people over to be bishops if they did not enjoy state support.  The Church of Scotland, however, was Presbyterian and the Anglicans were the disestablished minority that did not enjoy tax revenue.  They knew that an unestablished church could survive.  (Webber, Christopher L.  Welcome to the Episcopal Church:  An Introduction to its History, Faith and Worship)

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