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Why are there so few Orthodox, at least in America, and fewer than Roman Catholics? What do you think about this article? http://www.catholic.com/thisrock/2005/0504bt.asp

This article by Jimmy Akin has been replied to at: http://www.orthodoxanswers.org/catholicorthodoxdebate1 (copied below) There is a discussion of the "size" issue in reference to the Northern and Southern kingdoms of Israel toward the end. An Orthodox reply to "Why I Am Not Eastern Orthodox" by Jimmy Akin __________ An article by...

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Does the Orthodox Church believe in Apostolic Succession? Are Anglican orders recognized as valid?

Orthodoxy believes in form of Apostolic Succession, as discussed here: http://www.orthodoxanswers.org/answer.aspx?ID=3 Orthodoxy does not have concept of validity that is similar to the Roman Catholic concept, although some Orthodox bishops and synods have adopted uniform rules on the matter. The Patriarchate of Moscow, for instance, recognizes Roman...

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What is the difference between Orthodox and Catholic understandings of apostolic succession?

There is indeed a different understanding, but it should be admitted that few are aware of it! For a good discussion, please see here: http://www.monachos.net/forum/showthread.php?8403-Successors-of-the-Apostles-or-successors-of-Peter Basically, in historic / patristic Orthodoxy, the bishop is Peter's successor, while the presbyters stand for the apostles and do everything a...