When you can trace an unbroken line back to the Apostles, then we'll talk.
Your quotes do not support your assertions. Regarding a line back to the apostles. We have it as much as your church.
Here is the new real definition of apostolic successsion by Raymond Brown.
"Apostolic Succession concerns the fact that the bishops eventually took over the pastoral
tasks of the apostles;It does not involve HOW the early bishops were chosen or appointed.
We know little about that, not even being certain that there was a formal action designating
them....That does not mean of course that all the presbtyer-bishops of the early church
were appointed by apostles, but there is a good chance that somewere that occurred....
Eventually, of course, the church developed a regularized pattern of selection and
ordination of bishops, and from the third century on that was universally followed.
Raymond Brown, 101 Questions and Answers On The Bible. page 120. Approved for publication
with the Imprimatur.
Raymond Brown, 101 Questions and Answers on the Bible.
The bishops of my church fit this just fine. We needed a new definition because the old one (the one you assert) has been debunked by the historians. It is false. Live with it. Peace, JohnR