Sullivan insists, "there is much more to the oneness, holiness, catholicity and apostolicity
of the church than what can be seen of them.
Of the theological essays struggling with the complexities of apostolicity
, the one by the editor struck me as particularly significant-though it hardly prepares one for the news, only a few months after publication, that he has become a Roman Catholic.
In exchange, Anglicans received "a renewed understanding of the relationship of the historic episcopate and apostolicity
," recognizing the fullness of the ELCIC's sacraments and orders, even in the absence of the outward sign of historic episcopal succession.
Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity, The Apostolicity
of the Church (Minneapolis, MN: Lutheran University Press, 2006), nos.
Rejecting the "dubious" notions of apostolicity
that lead to the objection that "while the Lutheran communities do constitute churches, they are defective churches in an essential note that has ramifications for the eucharistic Ministry, namely, apostolicity
," the RC participants conclude that "despite the lack of episcopal succession, the Lutheran church by its devotion to gospel, creed, and sacrament had preserved a form of doctrinal apostolicity
For Lakeland, "the crucial point is not that our times are short of priests, and so laity can and must take up the slack, but that because our times are short of priests, it becomes progressively clearer that the apostolic activity in its fullness requires the involvement of the laity, The relative profusion of priests in the past has served to hide the apostolicity
of the laity.
He concludes, as indicated by the title of the book, that it is crucial that the church today, as it was for the Nicene church, to regain the primary sense of apostolicity
as the church's faithful continuation of the missionary vocation of the initial apostolic community.
115) The local church possesses the fullness of the Body of Christ, thanks to its eucharistic communion with its bishop, and at the same time it shares in a more comprehensive koinonia of catholicity and apostolicity
through its sharing in the holy chrism flowing from its metropolitan or patriarchal center.
It is interesting to see that here the "episcopal succession" is not interpreted as a "must," without which a church could not exist but, rather, as an helpful and important sign for the apostolicity
and continuity of the church(es) today.
Paul attempts to forestall an attack on his gospel and his apostolicity
Chapters 3 and 4, concerning the apostolicity
of the Eucharist and Communion, will be closely read by theologians, but they restate in an organic way points already made by the magisterium," Miralles said.
Thiessen focuses on apostolicity
and radical-prophetic ecclesiology, while Jonson examines the churches' witness of the gospel.
The Anglican Church of Canada (ACC) and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC) have been in full communion since 2001, a relationship in which each church "maintains its own autonomy while recognizing the catholicity and apostolicity
of the other, and believing the other to hold the essentials of the Christian faith.
s careful exposition of the utility of communion language in conceptualizing the ecclesial constants of diversity and unity, of apostolicity
and catholicity, of centripetal and centrifugal tendencies, without hawking koinonia as a panacea for all that ills the church, or ecclesiological discourse itself as the solution to all ecumenical impasses.
Six themes emerge in Loehe's theology: community and fellowship, catholicity and unity, apostolicity
, confession, Word and sacrament, and context.