(St. Patrick statue)
Whenever the Church bases its own life and validity of its ministry on a line of succession connecting it with Augustine of Canterbury or Peter of Rome it is committing the same blasphemy against the sovereign freedom of God to choose his people in creative love, from
generation to generation. Of course, the claim to an unbroken succession is
bad history, but it is worse than that, it is bad theology. John Wesley called
seek orders elsewhere. C.K.Barrett
Or as I am wont to say— nothing is theologically true, that is historically false.