How can the Orthodox have apostolic succession?


#1

If the Orthodox Church does not recognize the primacy of Rome, how then can they still be in the Apostolic line of succession?


#2

Dear stormer,

The Orthodox enjoy apostolic succession in that they have not rejected, as did the early Protestants, basic teachings that assure them valid sacraments, including valid ordinations. Unfortunately, they do not recognize the leadership of the vicar of Christ on earth and have continued as various churches, splintered by nationalistic identifications.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.


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