The Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, sometimes called the XXXIX Articles, are a set of statements initiated in 1563, and finalized in 1571, which sought to distinguished the emerging beliefs of the Church of English from those of the Roman Catholic Church, as well as other Protestants in Europe. At one time, Anglicans being ordained were required to assent to the Articles, however, since the mid-20th Century, Anglican Churches have moved away from requiring this of the clergy.
The Articles are organized into four groups
The Catholic Faith
Articles I to VIII deal with credal statements.
Articles IX to XVIII deal with the topics of sin, justification, salvation, and damnation.
Articles XIX to XXXI deal with the institutional church, the councils of the church, worship, ministry, and sacramental theology.
Articles XXXII to XXXIX deal with clerical celibacy, excommunication, traditions of the Church, and other issues.