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From the Catholic point of view, what’s the difference between an Eastern Orthodox priest and an Anglican or Episcopalian priest?

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From the Catholic point of view, what’s the difference between an Eastern Orthodox priest and an Anglican or Episcopalian priest?


The Catholic Church accepts Eastern Orthodox orders as valid. Eastern Orthodox priests really confect the Eucharist, just as Catholic priests do. Eastern Orthodox bishops are true bishops and have the power to ordain other bishops and priests.

Anglican orders, on the other hand, are not recognized as valid by the Church. Anglican priests do not really have priestly powers, and Anglican bishops do not really have episcopal powers. Properly speaking, they are Christian laymen.


  1. Anooj Mathai Reply

    Eastern Orthodox Church got Apostolic Tradition even though not in communion with the Catholic Church. Also they have never deviated from their Apostolic Tradition.

  2. Ines Reply

    I didn’t think the Catholic church accepts the Eastern Orthodox church as valid since they don’t accept the Pope as the head of the church. On the other hand the Eastern Catholic Orthodox does.

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