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Apostolic Succession                                                                                             The Priesthood Catholic Apostolic Succession is revealed in the Apocalypse, the Revelation to John, a book written by an original disciple of Christ, and which is still included in the New Testament of Protestant dominations of the Bible. “Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come…and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead” (Revelation 1: 4-5).          

            John 17:20, “Yet not for these only do I pray, but for those also who through their word are to believe in me.”

Apostolic Authority                                                                             Catholic Mis-Translation  There is no Catholic ‘mis-translation’. Peter declares that Jesus is the Christ, and is blessed by Jesus, “For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven…I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matt 16: 17-19).

Apostolic Succession                                                                               Present Day Hierarchy Jesus asks James and John if they are able to drink that same chalice that he was to drink, and they said yes. “You will drink my chalice, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father” (Matt 20: 22-23).

New Testament Bishops

Overseer, “John to the seven churches in Asia” (Revelation 1: 4).

Catholic Successors                                                                                     The Only Succession                                Peter is told by Jesus, “Feed my lambs”, “Tend my sheep”, and to “Feed my sheep” and finally to “Follow me” (John 21: 15-19). And “Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come” (Revelation 1: 4).                                                                                 

 Inheritors Of Authority?                                                                              Call None “Father”            Jesus appears to his disciples after his resurrection, and opens their minds to understand the Scriptures, “and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you…” (Luke 24: 45-49).                                                                                                                                                                                  Can Priests Forgive Sin? Jesus also said to His apostles, “Receive the Holy Spirit, whose sins you shall forgive, they are forgiven them; and whose sins you shall retain, they are retained.” (John 20:22-23). 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[a] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Heb 4:14-15). 

                                                                                                                        Confession to priests?                 John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins…and all the people were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins (Mark 1: 4-5). As they say, ‘what was hidden in the Old is revealed in the New.’[i]                                

                                                                                                                                        Clerical Dress  Clerical clothes changed over time. I.e., John the Baptist was clothed “with camel’s hair, and had a leather belt around his waist, and ate locusts and wild honey” (Mark 1:6). Where Christians worshipped: at synagogues, then in private home, and went underground caves during persecutions. There were no masses celebrated in churches or basilicas for 100’s of years.                                                                                                                       

The Catholic Priesthood  John the Baptist preached, saying, “After me, comes he who is mightier than I…I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit”(Mark 1: 7-8). “One does not take the honor upon himself, but he is called by God, just as Aaron was (Heb 5: 4).

                                                                                                                          Obedience To Priests  “The word of God kept on spreading; and the number of the disciples continued to increase greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were becoming obedient to the faith” (Acts 6:7). “Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles, for His name’s sake” (Romans 1:4-5). And, “Although he was a Son, he learned obedience thru what he suffered; and being made perfect he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him” (Heb 5: 8-9).

                                                                                                                 All Christians are priests! Catholics pray to God at every mass as Jesus taught us: “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil” (Matt 6: 9-13). And we also say the Penitential Act at masses during Lent, “I confess to almighty God, and to you my brothers and sisters, that I have gravely sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done and in what I have failed to do, thru my fault, thru my fault, thru my most grievous fault. Therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin, all the angels and saints, and you my brothers and sisters to pray for me to the Lord our God.

Kyrie, eleison. Christe, eleison. Kyrie, eleison. Amen.”

 

We Speak truth in LOVE (tell us if we have misrepresented Catholic Faith)

            Yes, you have misrepresented the Catholic Faith because you do not have the mind of Christ. The disciples came to understand the authority given to them by Christ after they were empowered at Pentecost by the Holy Spirit. And so also their successors did not come to understand fully their mission until they received revelation thru the Holy Spirit. The Catholic Church does not depend upon private revelations received by anyone, but rather pray for illumination true to the Word of God from the beginning, true to the Reality of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, and true to the Gifts received thru the Holy Spirit.           

Heresy: That special moment when you have greater spiritual insight than the Apostles, disciples, fathers, the Church, and the Magesterium because you have a Bible that they wrote, compiled, and gave to you (Catholic Memes 2016).

 

[1] Catechism of the Catholic Church CCC 129