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 (ăp′ə-stŏl′ĭk) also ap·os·tol·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
1. Of or relating to an apostle.
a. Of, relating to, or contemporary with the 12 Apostles.
b. Of, relating to, or derived from the teaching or practice of the 12 Apostles.
a. Of or relating to a succession of spiritual authority from the 12 Apostles, regarded by Anglicans, Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox, and some others to have been perpetuated by successive ordinations of bishops and to be requisite for valid orders and administration of sacraments.
b. Roman Catholic Church Of or relating to the pope as the successor of Saint Peter; papal.

ap′os·tol′i·cal·ly adv.
ap′os·tol·ic′i·ty (-stə-lĭs′ĭ-tē) n.


(əˌpɒstəˈlɪsɪtɪ) or


the quality of being apostolic


being of or contemporary with the Apostles in character.
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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.
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.
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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).