Catholic Dictionary

Branch Theory

The opinion that three distinct churches - Anglican, Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox - comprise the "true church" founded by Jesus Christ. This theory, advocated especially by members of the Anglican Church, is opposed to the "oneness" of the Church and the decree Apostolicae Curae (September 13, 1896) of Pope Leo XIII, who wrote that the Anglican Church lacks valid orders.

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