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Friday, October 31, 2003

Apostolic Succession?

Gene Robinson, in Gay Bishop Ceremony to Include Dissenters, says this about his upcoming consecration as the first openly gay Episcopalian bishop:

"(The) hands that will be laid on me on Nov. 2 — those folks had hands laid on them all the way back to the Apostles themselves. That's an unbroken line all the way back to Peter. That's a pretty overwhelming kind of a thought."

1. He's right about his description of the doctrine of Apostolic Succesion.

2. He's wrong that the Anglican/Episcopalians have it. [It was lost not when Henry VII broke away, but decades later under a process of Protestantization that altered the understanding of holy orders. The Eastern Orthodox broke away and still have Apostolic Succession.]

3. He's right that Apostolic Succession is "a pretty overwhelming kind of a thought."
I'm sure the Apostles themselves would think the same thing about his consecration.