What Are the Key Differences Between Catholics and Episcopalians?

What Are the Key Differences Between Catholics and Episcopalians?

Some key differences between Catholics and Episcopalians are that Catholics look to the Pope in Vatican City as the head of their church, while Episcopalians consider the Archbishop of Canterbury in England to be their leader. Catholics see the goal of religion as giving glory to God and spending eternity with Him, while Episcopalians see the goal as salvation. Only men can be clergy in Catholicism, whereas women can also be clergy in Episcopalianism.

Episcopalianism is a reformation of Catholicism, midway between Catholicism and Protestantism, according to St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Bakersfield, California. Catholic churches and congregations exist in countries all over the world, but most Episcopalians are in the United States as of 2015. Episcopalianism is the American version of Anglicanism, which rose from King Henry VIII of England's disagreements with the Roman Catholic Church and his rejection of the pope as the head of all churches. Each nation has its own head of the church in the Anglican/Episcopalian religion.

Religious roles for Catholic women are limited to nuns and positions assisting the clergy. Women cannot undergo ordination. Episcopalian women can become priests, bishops, deacons and vicars as well as nuns.

Catholic priests may not marry and must take vows of celibacy, as is true for Catholic monks and nuns; Episcopalian clergy are allowed to marry, and only their monks and nuns vow celibacy. Catholicism does not sanction divorce or contraception; Episcopalianism allows both.

The two religions share the same beliefs, though Episcopalians use the King James Bible. They recognize the same sacraments and uphold a moral code of which the major part is the same.