This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the worldwide perspective of the canon law in the Anglican Communion. This book examines the relation between churches, states, and law and describes the institutional organization of churches. It evaluates the role of bishops and archbishops in the Anglican Church and characterizes the ministry of priests and deacons and the ministry of laity. This book also discusses the Anglican practices and tradition related to baptism, marriage, confirmation, funerals, and confession.
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