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Until the subject was removed from public discussion in the RC Church by Leo XIII's bull ‘Apostolicae Curae’ (1896), there was diversity of opinion in that Church about the validity of Anglican Orders. The grounds on which their validity was attacked fall into two classes: (1) attacks on the historical continuity of the laying-on of hands; and (2) attacks on the Ordinal introduced under Edward VI as either defective in intention or invalidated by the omission of the Tradition of the Instruments and other rites. Neither ground is now generally accepted, and in recent times the refusal of the RC Church to recognize the validity of Anglican Orders has been seen as a serious impediment in ecumenical relations.

(1) attacks on the historical continuity of the laying-on of hands; and (2) attacks on the Ordinal introduced under Edward VI as either defective in intention or invalidated by the omission of the Tradition of the Instruments and other rites.

Subjects: Christianity.


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