Traditional Anglo-Papist

11 May 2006

Apostolic Succession

Here is an article about yesterday's general audience: Only true apostolic succession guarantees loyalty to the Gospel.
Benedict XVI, partly improvising and reading off his prepared speech, highlighted the role of the Church of Rome, “sign, criterion and guarantee of the uninterrupted transmission of the apostolic faith” in the context of apostolic succession. ... the words spoken by the pope today cannot but appear to be a stress on bishops’ need for a relationship “with Peter”.


  • I'll admit that I never was taught nor believed something I've only recently heard claimed for Rome (or alleged that Rome teaches): that the Pope is the fons (from Christ) of the apostolic ministry. IOW everybody else, whether now in communion with the Pope or not, ultimately got his orders from him. AFAIK that's not what Rome teaches. Am I wrong?

    By Blogger The young fogey, at Friday, May 12, 2006 1:50:00 AM  

  • I don't believe that the Church teaches this, or ever has. What was the source?

    By Blogger Paul Goings, at Saturday, May 13, 2006 9:32:00 PM  

  • Of course that's not what the Church teaches. But the Papacy, according to His Holiness, is the measure of authenticity in terms of the 'fulness' of apostolic faith and order. He is NOT claiming that the Succession derives from Peter, but rather that communion with Peter guarantees it in its most authentic form.

    By Blogger Fr Nigel, at Tuesday, May 16, 2006 8:10:00 PM  

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