Should I become Catholic or Episcopalian?

A question from a reader: I can’t decide, I know they’re a WHOLE lot alike and that some of the main differences are the Episcopal’s non acceptance of the Pope’s authority, they’re more accepting of gays and women, and less strict and more liberal. Most of the same rituals and worship though. Which one should I become and why? And for any Southern Baptists about to answer, please don’t answer and make yourself look more ignorant than you already do.

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30 Responses to “Should I become Catholic or Episcopalian?”

  • dyLO says:

    Catholic my friend

  • irish mafia says:

    neither

  • The Masked Kiltman of El Salvado says:

    CHORCH OF CHRIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wateva says:

    Catholic

  • Towlie says:

    Don’t waste your time – get an education.

  • hesperias_witch says:

    I was raised a catholic, but prefer episcopalian….it is simular but NO confession!

  • FROG E says:

    Your last sentence reveals that you are not Christ-like…so it doesn’t matter what church you join…why not a country club instead.

  • The Name's Jacob says:

    Catholic. God’s laws say no gays.

  • Teutonic says:

    Episcopalians did not put a man on the moon. Therefore the answer is obvious.

  • chris7907 says:

    catholic, you wont get made fun of as much

  • Jackie P says:

    Why don’t you just get Jesus??? Why do you feel such a need to belong to an organization?

  • EddieJ says:

    That’s right. It’s not enough to believe in God. Your immortal soul depends on you picking the right denomination.

  • oso_loco1961 says:

    neither..you would be better off on your own with your faith..study,prayer and close relationship is better then anything man made religion has to offer! Buy yourself a Strong’s Concordance and a good study bible and search for what God has for you….

  • blackcat says:

    Why do you have to choose any religion?
    Most people are happy without categorising themselves. Religion is the basis of hate and wars in the world.

  • spiralling says:

    hows about making up your own set of beliefs and rituals? i don’t mean that as an attack. i just sometimes feel that some people use organised religion as the fast-food equivalent of spiritual well-being. for some people, certain religions just jump out at them and make sense. but you clearly are looking to see which ones suits you most, trying to reconcile what you think and feel with something that already exists. why not just be comfortable with your own personal relationship with god and work on it in your own way?

  • Ms.Kitty says:

    You need to decide yourself which is best for you. Which church and religion whould you feel the most comfortable and where your beliefs are leaning more towards. Every church has there differences and choosing the one that fits you is what you need to decide. Having someone decide that for you is not wise. I would make a list statring at what is the most important thing you consider to the least thing you consider when joing a church and weigh those options out.
    By the way I am Lutheran, Missouri synod,dinomination christian.

  • Happy Hiram says:

    If you are not and have never been a Catholic and you are not marrying a Catholic, I can’t imagine a reason for becoming Catholic. Even the POPE recognized Episcopalians as being part of the true church. There is everything to be gained by being Episcopalian and nothing lost. The theological differences are slight, with the exception of social justice issues, which it sounds like you have no problems with. So I say Go E! And I am not even a xian so I am not biased.

  • rose says:

    Not one of your choices but you should be Christian

    Just letting you know

  • private says:

    You become what you “truly believe.”
    Not what you “want to believe.”
    That is between you and God.
    God is the one, you have to stand
    in judgement with, in the end.
    It is not for us, to make that choice. <}:-})

  • frog says:

    why don’t you “be” a child of God?

  • guinnessx says:

    If someone were sticking a gun to my head and making me choose, I’d go Episcopalian. They’re much more accepting of gays and women, like you said. While I am straight, I have homosexual friends and I believe women should be treated equally. I also care deeply whether everyone has the same rights that I do. They’re much more open minded in general. If you give money to them, you aren’t giving it to an organization that actively protects child rapists, or prevents people from using condoms in areas of the world where AIDS runs rampant. It’s an easy choice.

  • Đantes says:

    For the reasons you listed yes and also look around before you jump in since there are many other denominations that take similar stances on those issues–I’m not sure but I think the Universalist or something similar to that are also very open minded in those areas.

  • Terezia V says:

    in general Episcopalians have more money, and are more likely to come from a WASP background.

    Catholic parishes can be very ethnically and economically mixed.

    Episcopalians are undergoing a very difficult transition right now. An African bishop — Peter Akinola — who says very negative things about homosexuals may lay claim to north American parishes that don’t want to be part of the rest of the church, that accepts homosexuals. there is tension and there may be big fights over property.

    to be comfortable around Episcopalians, you would be someone comfortable with a certain amount of wealth and a limited ethnic diversity. (And, no, not all Es are rich WASPs … but a larger percentage of Es are rich WASPs.)

    to be comfortable around Catholics, you’d like a more diverse crowd.

    Also, Catholics allow babies in the church during services. A lot of Es place babies in soundproof rooms, so that their crying doesn’t disrupt services.

    Generally there are a lot of crying babies in Catholic services.

    As far as doctrine goes, in my experience, there are a lot more people who really believe in God in Catholic churches, and a lot more people who are basically not very interested in the whole idea of Jesus as divine in E churches — they are there for the tradition, and the society, and the service itself, but aren’t really invested in Jesus as the way, truth, and life.

    Again, in my experience, Catholics are just plain more earthy than Protestants. Again, broad generalization.

    All these are broad generalizations…but there is some truth to them.

  • Meg M says:

    >>Which one should I become and why?<<

    Episcopalian, because the Catholic Church already has enough members who can’t see that she is the One True Church and doesn’t need any more.

  • St. Boniface Fan says:

    Catholic because it is the true Church founded by Jesus Christ. All other churches were established by men who were not even apostles.

    ———-
    Jesus said:

    “thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18, KJV)

    “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (John 17:20-23, KJV)

    “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:19-20, KJV).

    Jesus established only one church, the one He founded on Peter, the rock. He prayed that all His followers would be one, and He promised that He would be with His Church until the end of the world. This was recognized by Saint Paul when he wrote:

    “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to one hope when you were called — one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all” (Ephesians 4:3-6, NIV).

    One faith means one set of beliefs, one set of doctrines; doctrines which never change. There is only one Catholic Church but there are over 36,000 Protestant denominations in America today; each separated from the other by differing doctrines. Each of these denominations can be traced back to a single individual who was not Saint Peter or one of the apostles.

    Every Christian church possesses some of the truths revealed by our Lord but only the Catholic Church can trace its origins all the way back to Jesus and Saint Peter through the rite of ordination; the laying on of hands and passing on of episcopal responsibility and authority. Because only the Catholic Church can be traced all the way back to Jesus, only the Catholic Church can be said to possess all the revealed truth. After all, Jesus founded the Church, promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against it (which means that it would be perpetual and not teach error), and promised to be with it until the end of time. Not at the end of time, but continually until the end of time. Either the Catholic Church was and is the one true Church, or the Bible is wrong, or Jesus lied. -scborromeo.org

    For more reasons why you should be Catholic please go to this link and read paragraph 758 and following.
    http://www.usccb.org/catechism/text/pt1sect2chpt3art9.htm#p1

  • Blessed Is Best says:

    Neither. Come on over to nondenominational. With us …. it ain’t all about Mary, and it aint’ all about rituals or all the legalistic religious values imposed by men. This is what >religion< is, it's about men trying to make themself look morally correct in the eyes of other men through their laws and traditions.
    A >relationship< with Jesus Christ searches ones heart and soul more deeply to dig out the “impurities” of what man tries to subjugate upon us.
    We believe strictly in Jesus Christ and a relationship with him. We don’t have to go to someone else to pray for us, because this is a ritualistic ideology. We are not ashamed or afraid to speak what’s in our heart, and we will not “scratch” others ears for the sake of convenience for what they want to hear. By all means, we’re anything but boring…of which you will get from Catholicism and all the others.

  • Brent says:

    In the greeting that Jesus told us all to give to the Beleivers or the Lost Sheep of Israel, Peace be with you Jack. I am a former Catholic of 29 years. I no longer practice Catholic worship, although I still beleive and worship alone, the God of Adam, Abraham, Noah, Moses, David, John and Jesus. I reverted to Islam. I was willing to open both my heart and mind during a very tough stage in my life when I was questioning the benefits of the mass and sacraments, the belief in doctrines such as Trinity, Divinity of Jesus and Atonement for “original” sin. I knew that there was only One God to worship, but could not figure out why I was not connecting with the one I tried to worship. I read the Bible again and also read the Quran and realized that Prophet Muhammed was God’s final messenger and sealed the work of Jesus and every prophet before him. In the spirit of Mark 12:29 where Jesus confirms only ONE God, I invite you to take JUST one step before making your decision on which Christian religion to join … I ask you to open your heart and mind and learn about Islam. It can start here by asking yourself this: Did you know that Islam is the ONLY non-Christian religion that accepts Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah, the miraculously born son of Mary, strengthened by the Holy Spirit, the Word of God that Ascended into Heaven. Did you know Islam includes Jesus’ return near the end of time to defeat the Anti-Christ and bring all those Beleivers back to the faith which he predicted would have an apostasy after he left this earth the first time ?

  • Kate says:

    I was baptized Anglican (Canadian for Episcopalian) and converted to Catholicism. Both are fine denominations.

    I converted because when I looked at the history of the seperation, it was based on the desire of Henry VIII to divorce and to consolidate his power. To me, this was a corrupt reason to leave the Church. I also began to feel a call to recieve all the sacraments, not just two. I felt as though something was missing. I found a great sense of peace belonging to Catholicism. Though women can not be Priests, I find the Catholic Churches emphasis on the importance and spiritual nature of women to be more feminist than I found my particular Anglican Church’s view. I love the concept that Catholic men admire and respect the virgin Mary. This is something few Anglican men will admitt to, at least not to the same degree.

    For me, Catholicism has been an amazing and sprititually rewarding choice. I have never looked back. That being said, my Anglican Church laid the foundation for my conversion and is a wonderful, well educated and respected faith. You can’t make a bad choice in this situation. Congrats! God bless and welcome to which every one you pick!

  • . says:

    If you’re interested, here is a forum for Episcopalian Christians…

    http://christianforums.com/forumdisplay.php?f=368

  • Daver says:

    Go with the Church that seems to follow God’s Way.

    One Church seems to have a clearly defined ideals on Faith and Morals; what to believe and how to live.

    The other seems to have more of an “anything goes” when it comes to living a moral Christian lifestyle.

    Some of the differences directly contradict each other. Logically speaking, both cannot be right. One Church boasts the Fullness of the Truth and the other cannot.

    You have to decide in your heart, as well as a clear conscience, which Church that is.

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