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Apostolic succession

(Roman Catholic Church) the doctrine that the authority of Christian bishops derives from the Apostles through an unbroken line of consecration
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apostol′ic succes′sion

the unbroken line of succession beginning with the apostles and perpetuated through bishops, considered essential for orders and sacraments to be valid in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Eastern Orthodox Churches.
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This continuous chain, known as the apostolic succession, is overall significant for different spiritual offices in the Catholic Church.
What do we see as important for the Apostolic Tradition, if we cannot live with the idea of an Apostolic Succession? What about the Apostolic Faith Study} Is it possible for Protestants to accept a collegial or synodal kind of papacy?
The religious tradition Carlton Pearson came from (and the one in which I was raised) is the one Flannery O'Connor satirized as "the church of Christ without Christ." Instead of the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist and the apostolic succession, these Christians have only their Bible, a book that, on its face, says apparently contradictory things about lots of important matters.
As a (https://history.boisestate.edu/faculty-staff/lisa-mcclain/) scholar  (https://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&view_op=list_works&gmla=AJsN-F4z_BOXgB7lKWvco7HqTrKImFUNz72uEfIjV0zcLSnoUKTZPkGqF1tJ5KMpC-EY6YWEMwT2lvHOKsMXg5M1k6H1VuYmeQ&user=8S1ydcsAAAAJ) specializing in both the history of the Catholic Church and gender studies , I believe Francis' refusal comes from his unwillingness to challenge a foundational Catholic doctrine known as (https://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9783319730868#otherversion=9783319730875) "apostolic succession."
Like the independent Catholics, Roman Catholic Women Priests offers continuity with the Catholic tradition by ordaining bishops in apostolic succession and, like our sisters and brothers in independent Catholic Churches, we welcome everyone to receive sacraments.
Among the entries are the Pilate inscription, Qumran, apostolic succession, Augustine, Jerome, Manichaeans, women in early Christianity, the Council of Nicea, and Judaism.
Apostolic succession may be an inevitable factor, just as familiarity plays a vital part in the lives of those who follow.
In this way, an imaginary authorship hangs over the ballad tradition like a form of apostolic succession - something that could be explored further.
While Jesus is still giving Peter the keys to the kingdom, our contemporary minds think about concepts like authority, papal primacy and apostolic succession. These were no doubt beyond Matthew's concern.
It is the symbol of apostolic succession in the church.
This liturgical action becomes a profound and concrete witness to Apostolic Succession, ecclesial unity, and the operation of the Holy Spirit in each local Body of Christ.
There are the Greek Cypriots, maybe converts to the Anglican, else part of the Orthodox Church whose apparent line of origin extends back to Jesus via unbroken Apostolic Succession. In time one notices others: Armenians, Maronites, Iranians, emigres to the island, alongside Brits & descendants of the Lusignans or Venetians.