The Early Church is Catholic



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“Philip the presbyter and legate of the Apostolic See said: There is no doubt, and in fact it has been known in all ages, that the holy and most blessed Peter, prince and head of the Apostles, pillar of the faith, and foundation of the Catholic Church, received the keys of the kingdom from our Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour and Redeemer of the human race, and that to him was given the power of loosing and binding sins: who down even to to-day and forever both lives and judges in his successors.”

Council of Ephesus, Session III (A.D. 431)


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“See that ye all follow the bishop, even as Christ Jesus does the
Father, and the presbytery as ye would the apostles. Do ye also
 reverence the deacons, as those that carry out the appointment
of God. Let no man do anything connected with the Church
without the bishop. Let that be deemed a proper Eucharist,
which is [administered] either by the bishop, or by one to whom
he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the
multitude also be; by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted
it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude also be;
even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church.”
St. Ignatius of Antioch,
Epistle to the Smyrneans, 8:2
(c. A.D. 110)