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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.
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a unity in faith, in the same sacraments and the same apostolically founded episcopal ministry" is not given.
Rememory, in other words, is not just a matter of deliberate cultural preservation, available to anyone who participates in common traditions or shares memories; it functions, rather like transubstantiation in Roman Catholic theology, as a literal embodiment of the past, a "representing" experienced by those who are biologically (and therefore, as it were, apostolically) legitimate.
(32) Whitman advocates a break from all ecclesiastic, monarchic, and intellectual figures of authority, but it is qualified by the fact that the past must first be "conn'd" or "studied." The structure of the passage reinforces this concept: the reader must progress through eleven lines that acknowledge the importance of the past before reaching the turn where it is resolutely "dismissed." When used by Jupp, the "language-shapers on other shores" include Whitman himself: here and elsewhere in Seed-Time he is not followed apostolically but is treated instead as a philosopher of democracy.
These two images--holding the city together, and judging the Twelve Tribes--are important for us now as we consider ways in which each church apostolically relates to the cultures in which it is set.
A treatment of this sort would try to explain how the church's belief in apostolic continuity can be reconciled with the gaps in the historical record for so many of the beliefs and practices claimed as apostolically continuous.