After attending the Episcopalian funeral mass of a friend this week, Dad (the non-practicing, non-denominationalist guy) asked me (a baptised Episcopalian), "So why do Episcopalians consider themselves Catholic?"
"Welllll... it's been a long time since my catechism classes. Let me see if I can explain it properly," I drawled, rolling my eyes to the ceiling. "First, we believe in the Holy Trinity-- the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. We also believe in the sacraments-- baptism, the communion--"
"No you don't," he interjected.
"We don't?" I asked.
"See, I've taken a catechism class myself," Dad pontificated, "And if you're a Catholic, they won't allow non-Catholics to take communion during their services."
"Well, today we took communion at the service."
"That's right. The Episcopalian Church allows people of other faiths to take communion with them."
"Yeah. So Episcopalians are not Catholic."
Looking at my cat Layla, Dad asked, "What kind of kitty is Layla?"
"She's an Abyssinian," I answered.
"Yeah, I'm pretty sure she is," I said, gazing at Layla, who gazed back with her seemingly kohl-lined, emerald eyes.
"I don't think she is," said Dad with great certainty.
"No? Why not?" I asked.
"Well. I've seen pictures of Abyssinians and they're much more elongated than Layla is."