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    Does anyone here have experience, or know how churches that believe it apostolic succession would deal with an adopted person>?

    Would they treat adoption as an automatic disqualifier for ministry>?
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    Re: Apostolic succession and adoption?

    Originally posted by Amos_with_goats View Post
    Does anyone here have experience, or know how churches that believe it apostolic succession would deal with an adopted person>?

    Would they treat adoption as an automatic disqualifier for ministry>?
    I was unaware of the conflict. The main church that I think of when apostolic succession is brought up is the rcc and I do not think they have a problem with adopted men in their preisthood such as it is.

    For the cause of Christ
    Roger

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    • #3
      Re: Apostolic succession and adoption?

      As far as I know, no churches which believe in Apostolic succession are concerned, one way or another, with a person's parentage, in any way shape, or form. Thus, no problem with people who are adopted.

      (This would include Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Coptic, Syrian Orthodox, Georgian Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, Mar Thoma and Roman Catholic Churches, as far as I know.)

      But moreover, I don't quite see why on earth the question would come up! What about a person's status as someone's adopted son or daughter would -- on any apostolic succession theory -- be grounds for disqualification for ministry in even the faintest way? (I have been an Anglican Christian for over 40 years, and was pretty well instructed before I became one by well-trained Anglican clergy, as it happens.)

      Blessings,
      Scruff

      P.S. Thanks for your kind note the other day!!

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      • #4
        Re: Apostolic succession and adoption?

        I was actually just musing... then I did not take the time to explore the dusty caverns of my brain (vast open spaces of emptiness) where the bits of the 'apostolic succession' info were stored.

        I thought it might be fun to rummage together.

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        • #5
          Re: Apostolic succession and adoption?

          Apostolic succession has to do with the laying on of hands being traced back to a disciple. It has nothing to do with birthright.

          Example: Paul laid hands on Timothy, who laid hands on Billy Bob, who laid hands on Suzy Q, who laid hands on Amazzin, who laid hands on -SEEKING-, who laid hands on me.
          For what mortal has ever heard the voice of the living God speaking out of fire, as we have, and survived? ~ Deuteronomy 5:26

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          • #6
            Re: Apostolic succession and adoption?

            Originally posted by Urban Missionary View Post
            Apostolic succession has to do with the laying on of hands being traced back to a disciple. It has nothing to do with birthright.

            Example: Paul laid hands on Timothy, who laid hands on Billy Bob, who laid hands on Suzy Q, who laid hands on Amazzin, who laid hands on -SEEKING-, who laid hands on me.

            Yes. There is a sect that believed it to be a genetic succession (in some manner)...

            ... I know the Mormons fixate on genealogy... but I was thinking of a Christian denomination.

            I may have been off..
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            • #7
              Re: Apostolic succession and adoption?

              Not being a wise-guy, But....
              All Christians are adopted.

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              • #8
                Re: Apostolic succession and adoption?

                Originally posted by Urban Missionary View Post
                Apostolic succession has to do with the laying on of hands being traced back to a disciple. It has nothing to do with birthright.
                Actually, the RCC used to require that for one to be initiated into Holy Orders, he had to be of legitimate birth. Since it's not the baby's fault if his parents are not married, this never seemed fair to me.

                I am an Anglican Catholic, that preserves the Apostolic Succession. Whether or not one is adopted or had married parents is irrelevant, the only thing being important is God's call to the ministry. It is my understanding that the RCC and Eastern Orthodox also now take this view, but could be wrong.
                If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. - John 8:36

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