Sunday, January 12, 2014


By Bruce Atkinson PhD
Special to Virtueonline
January 11, 2014


The true "apostolic succession" is the handing down to future generations the essential gospel doctrines established by the original Apostles, the message of "the faith that was once for all entrusted to God's holy people" (Jude 1:3b, NIV) without alterations. Roman Catholic and Anglo-Catholic traditionalists also believe that the historic episcopate is the God-ordained vehicle through which the sacred deposit of faith is to be guarded and entrusted to the churches. They believe the Apostolic Succession to be an unbroken line of episcopal succession that goes back to the original Apostles through the Sacrament of Ordination, the "laying on of hands." It is the common RCC belief that this college of Bishops has been given the authority as Apostles to govern the Church.

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