The Catholic apologists argued that the true church must possess the marks of unity, holiness, catholicity, and apostolicity
, as specified in the creed, and that the Catholic church alone has them in a visible, easily verifiable form.
Eight theological essays in the second part mostly wrestle with the positive way it handled long-familiar Faith and Order tangles over apostolicity
and episcopal succession, while the four contributors in part 3 reflect on how Porvoo thinking can affect the wider ecumenical scene.
The third chapter is a reflection on The apostolicity
of the Eucharist and of the Church.
Martial and are his defense of apostolicity
of his patron.
There it had been agreed to set up a special theological commission to study the theme of Catholicity and Apostolicity
Therefore, while each church maintains its own autonomy, it also fully recognizes the catholicity and apostolicity
of the other full-communion partner and commits itself to integrate its ecclesial life into that of the other church.
To be sure, the topic has been broached in dialogues on tradition, apostolicity
, a general account of authority in the church, the episcopate, ministry, and the papacy, but no ecclesiastically sponsored dialogue has focused its attention strictly on the question of doctrinal teaching authority.
Nevertheless, the Roman Catholic participants concluded that the Lutheran Church by its devotion to gospel, creed, and sacrament has preserved a form of doctrinal apostolicity
No one can wish bad for these people but we can in charity ask them to tolerate the hundreds of millions of Catholics who have reverence for the historicity and apostolicity
of the church, which features attract thousands of converts every year.
and Unity: Essays on the Porvoo Common Statement, 27:181-82
14:26 and developed ecumenically most notably in relation to the eucharist and apostolicity
66) On the apostolic character and identity of the church, see Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity, The Apostolicity
of the Church: Study Document of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity (Minneapolis: Lutheran University, 2006).