Comparison of Roman Catholic Apostolic Succession of Vatican I & Vatican II within Scipone Rebiba consisting of Popes, Patriarch's, Catholic Cardinals & Archbishops.
The title of ‘Pope’ / Patriarch was originally bestowed on all bishops until the 5th century. It was eventually reserved exclusively for the Bishop of Rome around that century. However the title of Patriarch used by bishops can still be used by all bishops and is still used today, it carry’s no extra ordinary powers but that of honour.
The first Christians had no doubts about how to determine which was the true Church and which doctrines the true teachings of Christ. The test was simple: Just trace the apostolic succession of the claimants.
Apostolic succession is the line of bishops stretching back to the apostles. All over the world, all Catholic bishops not just of the Roman Catholic Church are part of a lineage that goes back to the time of the apostles, something that is impossible in Protestant denominations (most of which do not even claim to have bishops). The role of apostolic succession in preserving true doctrine is illustrated in the Bible. To make sure that the apostles' teachings would be passed down after the deaths of the apostles, Paul told Timothy, "What you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also" (2 Tim. 2:2). In this passage he refers to the first three generations of apostolic succession-his own generation, Timothy's generation, and the generation Timothy will teachAll over the world, all Roman Catholic, Catholic & Orthodox bishops are part of a lineage that goes back to the time of the apostles. It does not rest upon the Patriarch of the West to decide at all despite what is said in todays society.
The role of apostolic succession in preserving true doctrine is illustrated in the Bible. To make sure that the apostles’ teachings would be passed down after the deaths of the apostles.
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