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apostolic succession Line breaks: apos|tol¦ic suc|ces¦sion

Definition of apostolic succession in English:


(In Christian thought) the uninterrupted transmission of spiritual authority from the Apostles through successive popes and bishops, taught by the Roman Catholic Church but denied by most Protestants.
Example sentences
  • This they affirmed to be the very body of Christ, the locus of holiness, the society of saints, guaranteed by the unquestioned apostolic succession of their bishops.
  • After discovering it myself and being ordained in it and now a consecrated Catholic archbishop in valid apostolic succession like any Roman Catholic bishop, I have found true joy.
  • The Church is built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets and there are no apostles and prophets today nor is there any such thing as an apostolic succession.
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