Is the Episcopal
Church a "sect?" "Sect (from the Latin verb sequi, 'to follow')
has come to refer to any religious group formed out of a more dominant body,
sometimes by a persuasive leader or by some principle of greater strictness or
dedication. In this sense, Christianity was at the outset a Jewish sect; today
the Amish and the Christian Science Church may be regarded as Christian sects."
[from Nolan, et al., Living Issues In Philosophy (9th ed., 1995), p.
363] Not a sect, The Episcopal Church is a Catholic Church, meaning that "...it
proclaims the whole Faith to all people..." [Prayer Book "Catechism," p. 854]
Catholic Churches (e.g., Roman, Anglican, Lutherans, and Eastern
Orthodox Churches) do not regard themselves as sects, because they witness to
the entire Christian Faith, not just a specialized portion of the Faith.