Apostolicity

One of the marks by which the Church founded by Christ on His Apostles can always be recognized among the large number of dissident creeds. It implies Apostolicity of mission, that is, Christ's Church is a moral body, possessing the mission entrusted by Him to His Apostles of baptizing and teaching all men in His name and transmitted through them and their lawful successors in the episcopacy in an unbroken chain to their present representatives. His Church being infallible, there is also implied Apostolicity of doctrine, which means that the deposit of faith entrusted to the Apostles has been preserved intact.

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