What is the difference between the Catholic Church and Episcopal Church?

Question by Crum: What is the difference between the Catholic Church and Episcopal Church?
I agree with a lot of the Catholic beliefs.

I do NOT agree with the Catholics Church’s take on homosexuality,infant purgatory and them not ordaining women.

I’ve heard the Episcopal Church is basically the same as the CC except they don’t recognize the Pope and they are more lenient.

So what are the big differences?

Best answer:

Answer by theone78
The Episcopal church is both catholic and reformed at the same time, holding onto catholicity of the early church all the while seeing this through the enlightenment of the Reformation.

Some of the primary differences of the Episcopal church are rejection of the idea that the Bishop of Rome (Pope) has primary authority over the Church Universal, clergy can marry, transsubtantiation of Eucharist is not mandatory doctrine, females can be ordained as priests in most dioceses and provinces, much less centralized control by church hierarchy, lay persons have far greater involvement in church administration and leadership, bishops are generally elected (as opposed to being appointed by a central authority), and there’s a system of governance that is similar to our federal structure with bicameral houses and a presiding bishop.

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