branch theory of the Church

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William Palmer (1803—1885) Church of England clergyman and theologian


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The theory that, though the Church may have fallen into schism within itself and its several parts be out of communion with each other, each may yet be a ‘branch’ of the Church of Christ, provided that it holds the faith of the undivided Church and maintains the apostolic succession.

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