There was sometimes an expressed commitment to certain iconic traditions of Anglicanism that seemed to supersede the commitment to the gospel message and the primacy of Scripture. I began to perceive that many of Episcopalian background regard the traditions of Anglicanism as a kind of idol. The vestments, music, architecture, ceremonies, even the reading of Scripture itself are all seen as parts of the tradition, and the tradition is the main thing. A strict observance of the church calendar seems to hold sentimental value for many, and the correct performance of the calendar-appropriate services is quite important. In that environment, the gospel and the true preaching of the Cross can easily become lost or overshadowed by the tradition.
…the tendency toward Rome is enhanced by the elements shared with Catholicism already present in Anglicanism, due to a large extent, I’m sure, to the continuing influence of the Oxford Movement from the nineteenth century. This tendency, with the attitude of many Anglicans that the embracing of Catholic style worship and piety lends respectability, appears to produce a cultural sophistication that can cause some Anglicans to think their church superior to those of other Protestants. In fact, some in the Anglican camp apparently do not wish to be identified with Protestantism at all, preferring to think of their church tradition as a whole other branch of Christendom, between Protestantism and Roman Catholicism and equal to them, along side of the Orthodox!
David Miller, “My Story: From Reformed Worship to Anglicanism and Back Again“