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apostolic succession

noun, Roman Catholic Church, Orthodox Church, Anglican Church
the unbroken line of succession beginning with the apostles and perpetuated through bishops, considered essential for orders and sacraments to be valid.
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Apostolic succession

the doctrine that the authority of Christian bishops derives from the Apostles through an unbroken line of consecration
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Contemporary definitions for apostolic succession

in Roman Catholicism, the doctrine maintaining that present-day successors to Jesus's apostles, i.e. the bishops, have the same spiritual authority, power, and responsibility conferred upon them as did the original apostles

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