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In a 1964 General Convention compromise, priests and lay delegates suggested adding a preamble to the church's constitution, recognizing "The Episcopal Church" as a lawful alternate designation while still retaining the earlier name.
The evolution of the name can be seen in the church's Book of Common Prayer.
By the 1960s, opposition to dropping the word "Protestant" had largely subsided.
The Episcopal Church describes itself as "Protestant, yet Catholic".
The Episcopal Church claims to be an apostolic church, tracing its bishops back to the apostles via holy orders.
They were opposed by the church's evangelical wing, which felt that the "Protestant Episcopal" label accurately reflected the Reformed character of Anglicanism.
After 1877, alternative names were regularly proposed and rejected by the General Convention.