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The Reformation and Apostolic Succession

Discussion in 'Free-For-All Archives' started by Matt Black, Apr 1, 2005.

  1. Matt Black

    Matt Black Well-Known Member
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    Feb 25, 2003
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    This is mainly for those of a more sacramentalist disposition but as always the thread is open to all.

    To what extent does the rebellion and breaking away from the Roman Catholic Church that characterised the Magisterial Reformation invalidate any claims that episcopal churches arising from that branch of the Reformation have to continuity with what went before them? For example, is the fact that Cranmer was ordained/ consecrated by Catholic bishops negated by his subsequent rebellion against the (Roman) Catholic Church, thus cutting off valid Apostolic Succession for his successors in the Anglican episcopacy? And what implications does that have for the "correct administration of the Sacraments" within the episcopal Magisterial Reformation churches?

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