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Both and neither.

Although the Church of England broke ties from Rome in the 16th century it is not considered "protestant" in the same way as "Presbyterians" are.

The Church of England (Anglican Church) is connected to its ancient Catholic heritage. The Anglican Church Celebrates the sacraments, and most importantly the Holy Eucharist.


Church of England was established by Henry VIII. The critical distinction is that the Pope is head of the Catholic Church whereas the present King of Queen of England as the head of the Church of England. The present head of the Church of England is her Britannic Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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Whilst the Church of England was certainly ,'Established,' by Henry the 8th, it was simply a gesture that legitimised, as it were, the custom and practice of some 1500 years.

The Church of England was the Catholic Communion in this country and the Edict of Milan [311/13.] made the Catholic Church legal throughout the Roman Empire it began a move that assumed the establishment of the Church throughout the Roman Realm!

In Britain, then England this attitude grew, through the moves in early Synods of the Saxon Church and was carried on till Henry put it in to a law. The Monarch was always the Civil Head of the Church as being the Chief magistrate and this was just as real with the papacy in his own country in Northern Italy where the Bishop of Rome held civil power as well as religious authority!

As to the head of the Catholic Church? We are made members of the Catholic Church by baptism, it is referred to as the Body of Christ and we as members of Christ and Children of God! The Pope is not the Head of the Catholic Church, an error, but he is the Patriarch of the West! This is an honorary administrative post given to him , as Bishop of Rome, just as the Bishop of Constantinople was made Patriarch of the East, [for fully political reasons in both cases,] by the Ecumenical Councils.

The church of England or Anglican church is not Catholic. it is Protestant, and the Queen is NOT the chief magistrate, the Pope is acknowledged by the world as the Head of The Catholic Church, if he is not who is ?

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