What is the connection between the Anglican Church and the Church of England?

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What is the connection between the Anglican Church and the Church of England?


In Australia, the Church of England is now called the Anglican Church. I believe this name change took place in 1981. In a sense, the name change was just the final change following from the Australian church’s adoption of its own constitution in 1962. The ruling Principles of the constitution acknowledge the Australian Church’s derivation from the Church of England, and state that the Book of Common Prayer, together with the Thirty-nine Articles, remains the authorised standard of worship and doctrine. Anglican just means “of England” so to be called Anglican is just really paying respect to the church from which we derived but providing us with an identity of our own as we can say “The Australian Anglican Church”.

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