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The Anglican bishop Cirlot wrote a book on whether or not apostolic succesion is true (incidentally, its title is Apostolic Succession: Is It True? Practical name for his book, eh?). One of the objections he had to deal with to the Catholic position was that there seems to be a lot of Christians outside of of the visible Church. The Catholic view (not Roman–just universally held by Christians across the centuries; this is the view shared by Anglicans, Orthodox, and Roman Catholics) is that the Church is an organization with visible criteria of membership, instituted directly by Christ with a heirarchical structure that has sacramental grace. The Church is a polis, a city or nation of sorts–not an earthly one, surely, but a true polis none the less.
Cirlot mentions the arguments of the archbishop of Cantebury William Temple for the conclusion that Protestants are fully the Church in just as unqualified a way as the Catholics…
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