Those of us who love the Episcopal Church have been trained to resist the old slogan, "Henry VIII founded his own church." We point out that Reformation ideas were spreading among clergy and people before Henry did a thing; we remind people that the Pope called Henry "Defender of the Faith" for upholding Catholic belief and practice; we hold up the Book of Common Prayer as the evidence that it wasn't until Elizabeth I that Anglicanism as we know it really took shape.
Today, I officially drop all those and any other counter arguments. Our Anglican DNA is the political and legal manipulation that Henry used to justify his various needs. Our form of religion is less about Christ the Lord and the kingdom of heaven and more about eartly entitlements and institutions.
I'm not going to throw the twists, turns, cast of characters, endless acronyms and other facets of a recent Anglican meeting at you. There's a fine lawyer's fine analysis here, a letter from a Seminary Dean here, video and other coverage here, and for good measure some think tank commentary here.
Bottom line: Anglicanism is an interminable litany of political power claims. From Henry's assertion of authority over the church, to British Colonialism, to maintaining social class distinctions (as true in American Episcopalianism as in the Church of England), Anglicanism always manages to put Christianity second to some other agenda.
This is not to say that Anglicanism is without brilliant exemplars of holiness throughout its history, including the present time. But these tend to be "points of interest" on an otherwise underwhelming journey.
Some will argue, "That's true in every church." I disagree. Other churches lapse into manipulation and manuevering while contending for major issues of faith - Anglicanism alludes to big ideas only when they might support a claim to title, entitlement or property.
I'm not yet sure what to do with this sudden collapse of my well practiced denial. For me, the church as "embassy", a witness on Earth to "our citizenship in heaven", is at the foundation of my understanding of Christianity and certainly my identity as an ordained minister. All that is called into question by my allegiance to Henry VIII's support group.