The Episcopal churches and the religion started to take its shape after breaking away from the Roman Catholic Church and beliefs in the 16th century. It had to separate from the Catholic churches due to theological and political reasons. There were issues with how the churches ran and were governed. The policies of the Catholic Churches and beliefs did not go well with the Church of England. Theologists like John Calvin and Martin Luther King raised a few issues during the Reformation. They did not like what they saw. There was worship carried out in the language of the people. Some of the sacramental practices and priestly celibacy and the tradition did not find support from the Theologists. These were some of the reasons why the Episcopal religion and churches started to take place and to break free from the Catholic Church domination.
More about Episcopal Church
The Anglican Communion is a very popular Christian communion in the world and is the third largest communion in the world. The Episcopal Church is part of this communion. This is why people who practice and believe in the Episcopal religion say that they are Protestants as well as Catholics. The reason why they are Catholic is that they have inherited the liturgy and the sacramental principles from their early church. The Episcopal religion will embrace renewal and reformation, and this is why the Episcopal religion followers believe that they are Protestants. Baptism with water in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit makes the Episcopal followers become holy and in turn become members of the apostolic and the Catholic church.
The main differences
One of the important and noticeable differences between the two religions is that the priest and the bishops of the Episcopal Church can get married. No one will be preventing them from marrying. This is not a case with the Catholic priests and bishops. There is no one to command or order the Episcopal community like the Pope does in the Roman Catholic Church. The followers play a very important role in making policy decisions and nothing takes place under the command of one man. The couples who marry can use all genuine means of birth control and no one will question them. There is no force on anyone to undergo sacramental confession and it is an option open for them if they want to take it. There could be some messiness in the decision-making process of the Episcopal churches when compared to Catholic churches as decisions take place inter-dependently.