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One of the four characteristics of the Church set forth in the Nicene Creed. On a Catholic view the word means identifiable with the Apostles by succession (see apostolic succession) and continuity of doctrine, to which RCs would add communion with the ‘see of Peter’. By Protestants the word is generally understood to mean ‘primitive’, as contrasted with post-apostolic corruptions. See also notes of the church.

Subjects: Christianity.

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