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John wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Does the Roman Catholic Church recognize the Apostolic Succession and sacraments of the Eastern Orthodox Church as valid?

    This includes all autocephalous or autonomous churches i.e.:
    • Greek Orthodox,
    • Russian Orthodox,
    • Orthodox Church in America (OCA),
    • Antiochian Orthodox,
    • Serbian Orthodox, etc.

Your answer is greatly appreciated!


  { Does the Church recognize the Apostolic Succession and sacraments of autonomous churches? }

Eric replied:

Hi, John —



John replied:

Hi, John —

Just to add to what Eric said, it also recognizes the Apostolic succession of the Nestorian and Monophysite Churches which went into schism after the Council of Ephesus and Chalcedon.

She also recognizes the Apostolic Succession of the Old Catholic Church which went into schism just after Vatican I and the Polish National Church which went into schism in the 20th century here in the United States because of the pastoral mistreatment Polish Catholics were getting from the Irish and German Catholic bishops assigned to certain American dioceses.


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