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Differences between the CoE compared with the Roman Church.
Shlama Akhay,

I'm just wondering how different the practices and theology is from the Roman Catholic Church.
For example, my understanding is that they're supposed to confess all their sins to their priest.
What is the CoE position on this?

David R.
Shlama David,

We do not have any equivalents to the Roman Catholic sacraments called "Confession" and "Penance" in the CoE. The closest we come is the use of the rare "Takhsa d'Khusaya" ("Order of Pardon"), which is usually reserved for those penitents who were excommunicated from the church or otherwise lived in grave sin which prevented them from being able to participate in the worship services.

There is a portion of our weekly liturgy, called the "Khusaya" - where the entire congregation prays for the forgiveness of their sins, and is prayed over, before receiving communion. It is a sort of "mass absolution". Additionally, each participant at the service is incensed before approaching the altar area. A deacon goes out to incense each one individually. Also, as they approach they incense themselves. Incensing is of course a symbolic cleansing act, as is baptism.

There are a number of other differences that are probably best discussed on the CoE forum linked to at the top of this forum. In brief, these include:

(a) Christological/Trinitarian terms used are different
(b) The obvious differences in how central a role Mary plays in each community
© The CoE has no concept of Purgatory, or "Original Sin"
(d) The CoE only calls its Qashishe ("Elders") by the name of "Kahna" ("Priest") when they are on the altar. If they are not on the altar they are not referred to as a "priest" (kahna), but as "elder" (qashisha)
(e) The obvious differences in opinion about Papal "infallibility"

Many, many other differences as well.....try the official forum, they would love to talk about it.

Take care!
+Shamasha Paul bar-Shimun de'Beth-Younan
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Thanks Akhi Paul,

I'll check out that forum you told me about.
Your reply was most interesting! <!-- sSmile --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/smile.gif" alt="Smile" title="Smile" /><!-- sSmile -->

David R.

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