I think I just had a religious dispute with a co-worker..whatever, this is why Religion should not be brought into the workplace, guess I am just so used to Toronto were my 2 bosses were Hindu and Jewish, and my workers were everything in between.
Anyhow this is how it went down:
A co-worker just asked me what I was going to give up for Lent. I said nothing, I am not Catholic. She answered that she wasen’t Catholic either. I said, oh then you must Anglican. She nodded yes. I said yes they are basically the same religion, just that Henry VIII took his Catholic background, made some changes and renamed it Anglican.
Well boy did that offend her, she said they are not the same, that’s ignorant and walked out of the room.
Ok..my husbands family is Anglican and they agree with the statement and also I took Religion in University and we studied the major religions of the world in a decent depth and Anglican was one of them, so it’s not a statement made out of ignorance, it’s a statement based on reading and research. However, just to be sure I came back here to my PC and did some more research. Here is what I found:
"Anglican Christianity is in many ways very close to Roman Catholic Christianity, having retained a number of basic medieval practices, an episcopal polity, and various theological beliefs. This is because the split between the English Church and the Roman Catholic Church was due not so much to theological disagreements, as was the case with other Reformation movements in Europe, but rather because of personal and political disagreements between King Henry VIII and Pope Clement VII. Thus, it is not surprising that so much of what characterized Roman Catholicism of the time has survived in Anglicanism today. "