Sorry, MarkEden, but all Christians were not Catholic prior to 1517. The Copts are more Orthodox then Catholic (except for the branch that communes with Rome), and a simple Google search shows that the Orthodox and the Catholics had a definite split during the time of Pope Leo IX when he excommunicated the patriarch of Constantinople. Regardless of whether they reunify or not (which I doubt very seriously will happen - maybe increased ecumicism, but not reunification), they have been two very separate churches since well before 1517.<quoted text>
Do you not understand that Scripture does not address or contain everything? It even declares that of itself! That is precisely why we have Sacred Tradition from the first and second centuries and infallible Ecumenical Councils in following centuries. All Christians in the West prior to 1517 were Catholic. The Copts have their own Pope except for the branch in communion with Rome. The Catholic/Orthodox reunification is well under way and I anticipate the horrid persecution by Muslims will speed this along. High end prots like Anglicans and Lutherans with whom I doubt you have contact can and do confess to a priest.
And by the way, I don't appreciate your snarkiness with comments like "I doubt you have contact"... dude, you don't know me, so don't presume things about me.