Then what, exactly does Apostolic succession do, and why is the RCC so insistant on it and that it exists? If only Christ can create that office, then only Christ can chose the people occupying the office, and that would be somewhat difficult considering the fact that at this point in time, He sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven. So who is the subject of this “Apostolic succession, end exactly what it is for? Perhaps, at some point in time, when you are not too busy thinking up new insults, you could post actual scripture that describes this concept of Apostolic succession down through time, because Acts 1 and the choosing of Matthias isn’t it.
We are insistant on it because it exists and because it is Truth. That is what it means to be a Catholic to adhere to and declare all Truth and not just what is required for salvation. Your idea that only Christ can choose successors is faulty because we know for a fact that the Apostles chose Matthias and others but you guys will only accept Matthias because it happened in Scripture. Now in order to suggest that this happened only once you would need historical validation or lack there of. There are plenty of instances where the Apostles appoint other men as they did Matthias. You just have to study history to know this.
1. When Nero was in the eighth year of his reign, Annianus succeeded Mark the Evangelist in the administration of the parish of Alexandria.
Eusebius Father of Church History
In Truth Cobalt I only quoted one because I have to go to class but there is a wide library of historically validated authentic writings of that prove the succession of the Twelve.
Clement replaces Peter after he is martyred in Rome.
Ignatius replaces Evodius after he dies of what is widely accepted as natural causes.
Lyntus replaces James in Jerusalem after he dies.
These are off the top of my head in a rush but I can go on for hours.
Are you saying that priests are not required by the RCC to be celibate?
Only after they have been ordained. A man could marry before being ordained and then become a priest and keep his wife. Then there is what we call unordained ministers. These are authorative laymen and women who are just as authorative as protestant ministers. They are in essence the Catholic equivalent. Then in certain rites a priest is allowed to marry even after ordination.
What I am saying is that celibacy is a standard that the leadership imposed on themselves. Long ago our leaders decided to take Paul's advice and forsake all earthly attachments and made that deeper walk the standard for those who are called to lead Christ's flock.
Well thanks for saving me from all that. It sounds absolutely horrible. And this coming from someone who is not allowed by his own church to read the Bible and attempt to understand it, you have to rely on the Magisterium for an explanation of what it means.
And you see when I get ticked off you want to get offended and call me out for it. Its stupid statements like this that make me fear protestants. If ignorance and just sheer stupidity reign among your kind and reason won't reach you I get offensive. Ok its cool. Whatever. I'm just going to stock pile weapons and ammunition for the day the Beast rises because with stupid beliefs like this spooing out from grown men I really do believe that the Beast will be the least of Roman Catholic problems in America. We'll have to deal with ignorant people who think and believe like this trying to hunt us down and kill us like in the beginning.
Jerk. I wasn't even negative that time.
It would help if you used the word catholic correctly, because you do not seem to understand what it means. You seem to think it means the same thing no matter how, when, where or who uses it. Before the “Catholic