Hi–I have two questions for Catholic scholars–first, can you tell me when there first came to be a formal notion of “apostolic succession”? At what point in Christian history do writers begin referring to the concept or using the term?
Second, would Church doctrine deny the possibility that Christ may be fully present in the experience of Communion of Christian believers who do not believe in the Real Presence in the elements? In other words, if a Protestant believer believes that in the sacrament, Christ is actually entering into him, not because the wafer and wine have changed natures, but because his spirit is open to the Lord who really enters his soul, would Catholic doctrine dismiss such an idea? Thank you for your responses.