Anglican Catholic Church is worldwide body of Christians with churches in the
United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Africa, India, and South
America. We are Anglican because our tradition of prayer and worship is rooted
in the Church of England and its Book of Common Prayer. We are Catholic because
we believe and practice the universal or catholic faith of the church.
word "Catholic" is often understood in opposition to the word
"Protestant." However, this is both a recent and uniquely western
perspective. In the ancient church, Catholicism was understood to be the
opposite of heresy, or false belief, and even today there are millions of
Christians in Greece, Russia, and other parts of the world who consider
themselves neither "Catholic" nor "Protestant," but
the sixteenth century, the Church of England sought to modify certain beliefs
and practices that had developed over the centuries and appeared extraneous,
unwise, or divergent from apostolic faith and practice. In doing so, the church
did not abandon its Catholicism; rather it engaged in a process of reform. As
Bishop John Bramhall wrote in the seventeenth century, "our religion is
the same it was, our Church the same it was...differing only from what they
were formerly, as a garden weeded from a garden unweeded."
then, is best understood as a reformed catholic faith. Likewise, we believe
that the church is in need of continual renewal and reformation. It
must oppose the errors of every age in order to "contend earnestly for the
faith which was once delivered to the saints" (Jude 1:3).