Are Anglican Orders Invalid?

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John Fisher 2.0
3 min readSep 17, 2021

[1] Saepius Officio, 32 Link

[2] Apostolicae Curae, paragraph 25

[3] Vaughn, Vindication Of The Bull Apostolicae Curae, page 45

[4] Pope Paul VI, The decree On The Ministry And Life Of Priests; Presbyterorum Ordinis, Para. 7.

[5] Therefore He chose us twelve, the first who believed in Him, whom He named apostles; and afterwards other seventy-two most approved disciples, that, at least in this way recognising the pattern of Moses, the multitude might believe that this is He of whom Moses foretold, the Prophet that was to come (Pseudo-Clement, Recognitions of Clement. Book I, Chapter XL. Link.)

[6] Jerome, To Heliodorus, Letter LX, Para 10. Link.

[7] Whence it is also written of John, that he “came in the spirit and power of Elias;” and by the spirit of Elias is meant the Holy Spirit, whom Elias received. And the same thing is to be understood of Moses, when the Lord says to him, “And I will take of thy spirit, and will put it upon them;” (Saint Augustine, On the Trinity, Book V, chapter 14 Link)

[8] The Testament of Our Lord, Translated by James Cooper, Arthur John Maclean, page 91 Link

[9] Do Thou now also look down upon this Thy servant, who is put into the presbytery by the vote and determination of the whole clergy; and do Thou replenish him with the Spirit of grace and counsel, to assist and govern Thy people with a pure heart, in the same manner as Thou didst look down upon Thy chosen people, and didst command Moses to choose elders, whom Thou didst fill with Thy Spirit (Constitutions of the Holy Apostles (Apostolic Constitutions), Books VI-VIII, Canons. Link)

[10] The Form for Ordering Priests, 1552–1559 Book of Common Prayer. Link

[11] Code of Canon Law 966 §1–2

[12] Pope Leo XIII, Apostolicae Curae, paragraph 16

[13] The Form for Consecrating an Archbishop or Bishop, 1552–1559 Book of Common Prayer. Link

[14] Trent, Session XXIII, On the Sacrament of Order. Canon IV, Link

[15] 1689 London Baptist Confession of Father, Paragraph 1, On Baptism.

[16] Philip Melanchthon, The Apology of the Augsburg Confession, Part 18, Article XIII (VII): Of the Number and Use of the Sacraments. Link

[17] Anglican and Episcopal History. Historical Society of the Episcopal Church. 2003. p. 15

[18] John Calvin, Institutes, Book IV, chapter 28, Link

[19] Council of Trent, Chapter IV, Canon III. Session XXIII. Link

[1] — The Works of William Perkins, Volume 7, Link

[20] Thomas Cranmer, A Defense of the True Catholic Faith, p. 238–239

[21] Francis Clark, Eucharistic Sacrifice and the Reformation, p. 198

[22] Ibid, Clark cites A.F. Pollard, Thomas Cranmer and the English reformation, New York and London 1904 pp. 272–273

[23] Article XXXI — Link

[24] Francis Clark, Eucharistic Sacrifice and the Reformation, p. 196

[25] John Jewel, Receiving of the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ Part I, Link

[26] Apostolicae Curae, paragraph 33

[27] Ibid.

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