Apostolic succession

Apostolic succession
Question from on 08-02-2007:
Why is so much importance placed on Apostolic Succession? The Apostles were in constant need of correction by Jesus. Peter even denied he knew Jesus. Jesus at one point called him Satan. The Apostles were actually quite cluless as to the nature of Christ's mission.

God Bless.
Answer by Richard Geraghty on 08-05-2007:
Dear Luke,

One has to distinguish between the Apostles before the Holy Spirit came to them and after. After the Holy Spirit came, they behaved with much more insight and conviction than before. They became the foundations of the Church. Upon them was built the Bishops and Popes that came later. Without these foundations the present Bishops and Pope would be merely human beings without any divine power or commission to teach and sanctify the world.

Dr. Geraghty

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