It's interesting. The Anglican liturgy, if you look at a list of the features of the running order, and line it up next to one for the Roman Catholic liturgy, is almost the same. Michael Davies remarked on that.
Why wouldn't it be? They're both Western liturgies.
I am interested in your take on my response, Schultz:
I think one of the things that clearly separates the Anglican from the Catholic, including Anglo-Catholics, is the issue of obedience to authority.
From mother's milk the Catholic, at least until the generation after mine, and even many who are raised in traditional homes today, and I don't mean Tridentine traditionalists but culturally traditional Catholics, the young Catholic is raised with the understanding that they must be obedient to legitimate authority, in all things but sin.
Early on that is the Mother and the Father, then it is the parish priest, then the bishop and the pope, as the young one becomes more aware of the wider world in which they are Catholic.
I think this attitude toward authority is one of the most striking attributions of Catholicity of an individual. At one time I had an article that talked about this attitude toward legitimate authority as a way to explain why many Catholics were not ready to go out and lynch clergy when the sex scandal broke...I didn't agree with the entire article but I did resonate to the attitude toward obedience. I find a very similar attitude in many Orthodox, mostly cradle Orthodox or Catholic converts, but not so much from protestant converts to Orthodoxy. In fact I get a great deal of push-back from them.
That is one characteristic, and also the extreme focus on the uniqueness of the individual, in God's eyes, of each person and their inestimable worth to God.
These were the two things that I was taught from the time I was old enough to be aware of being Catholic and it was reinforced by the sisters in school.