Papacy vs Apostolicity - What's the difference?

papacy | apostolicity |


As nouns the difference between papacy and apostolicity

is that papacy is the office of the pope while apostolicity is the quality of being apostolic, notably of preserving authenticity within the mission and tradition of the christian church as founded by jesus christ and his twelve original apostles, through their representatives and successors in the papacy and episcopate.

papacy

English

Noun

(papacies)
  • The office of the pope.
  • The papacy represents the head of the Catholic Church.
  • The period of a particular pope's reign.
  • The papacy of John Paul II ended in 2005, after the pope's long battle with illness ended.

    apostolicity

    English

    Noun

    (en-noun)
  • The quality of being apostolic, notably of preserving authenticity within the mission and tradition of the Christian church as founded by Jesus Christ and his twelve original Apostles, through their representatives and successors in the papacy and episcopate.
  • * 2009 , (Diarmaid MacCulloch), A History of Christianity , Penguin 2010, p. 427:
  • his Church did its best to trump Rome in apostolicity by declaring that it had been founded by the first-recruited among Christ's Apostles, Andrew.

    References

    * Catholic Encyclopaedia