Thought I'd start a thread on this to not detract from other topics. I contend that during the 16th century, Anglican orders were regarded as valid, and for instance under Mary almost no Anglican priests or bishops were reordained before being accepted as valid under the Roman hierarchy. My view is based on the following: When Elizabeth acceded to the throne, the Pope sent a legation offering her that he would accept the 1559 BCP as valid, if she were to join the Roman church. On the question of reordination, suffice it to mention this comment (though I'm not a Continuer): This is corroborated by Bishop Scory's biography: Scory was ordained under Edward and never re-consecrated before being accepted as a bishop under Mary. When Mary was installed and Cardinal Pole arrived in England as the Pope's legate, he cleared the English church from any malfeasance from the Roman Church's perspective, via his famous proclamation that the English church was pardoned from "all ecclesiastical sins". What this means is that for a Roman Catholic today, the Edwardian church must be considered fully Catholic, and that nothing done there was sinful of contrary.