I have a question regarding the transmission of Apostolic “privileges”, or the power to “bind and loose”. Does the Catholic Church hold that succession is maintained via the literal laying on of hands from bishop to bishop? Or does succession simply mean a continuance on the part of the bishop in the defense and promotion of the Apostolic faith? If the former, how does one account for the fact that bishops in the early Church were appointed by the faithful as per I Timothy, and not by a preceeding bishop?
Also, I often hear the at the Orthodox Churches are the only other Churches that can claim valid Apostolic Succession. If the Orthodox Churches are not a visible part of the Catholic Church, why do they have Apostolic Succession as opposed to, say, the Anglican Church?