Hello again Dan, some words needed clarification or better understanding. So I looked it up.
- (in Christian thought) the uninterrupted transmission of spiritual authority from the Apostles through successive popes and bishops, taught by the Roman Catholic Church but denied by most Protestants.
I spent eight years in Parochial School being taught that very thing but did not grasp the full meaning of it.
We where taught the Pope was the ultimate authority and when he spoke it was law. To violate his word was a sin against the Catholic Church that he represented.
This is what they use today in liturgy
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The Word catholic comes from the Greek word for universal. It was first used by Saint Ignatius of Antioch. It originally meant Christianity as a whole opposed to a section which could also be called a Church .
We know for a thousand plus years the Catholic church controlled the Christian church as established by Jesus, and basically took control and taught a ritualistic form of religion that appealed to man in the name of God.
While my opinion is not important as some a person would have to be blind not to see that they wanted a monopoly on the Church.
We need look no further than the Martyrs of the reformation.
In reality they were no different than what the Jews did to Jesus., who also thought in thier minds was teaching a heretical doctrine.
I have probably given you things you already know.
This is a passionate subject for me.
What I learned as that young boy I found out reading and studyinig the bible as I know it now, not the Catholic bible of my youth which I am saddened to say I was never encouraged to read back then.
As a 65 year old man who for the past 28 years as a born again believer found many discrepancies in what they taught me.
I will end with two scriptures.
Galatians 2:6 NKJV
But from those who seemed to be something—whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; **God shows personal favoritism to no man—**for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me.
John 14:6-7 NKJV
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
There is only one Holy Father, and His son Jesus is my only advocate.
Thanks for your study on this I would love to read more.