Only a Catholic would teach that the bishop replaces God!!!!<quoted text>
You don't get it. Even if those men went by sola scripture, it would STILL take an infallible authority to interpret it. The Bible does not interpret itself and you guys prove that the Holy Spirit does not lead you all to Biblical truth because you all do not come to the same understanding.
Ignatius of Antioch: "Do all things in harmony with God; with the Bishop presiding in place of God and the Presbyters in place of the council of the Apostles and with the Deacons who are most dear to me, entrusted with the business of Jesus Christ"
"wherever the Bishop appears, there let the people be, as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church. It is not lawful to Baptize or give Communion without the consent of the Bishop. On the other hand, whatever has his approval will be pleasing to God, thus whatever is done will be safe and valid"
That's how Christ ensured that His teachings would remain safe and valid. He installed a Church that would never error when they teach on faith and morals.
You wanna bring up past sins of this Church? Go ahead. Start with one of their Apostles betraying Jesus. Then their first Pope denying the Lord and the rest of them scattering away when the Lord needed them the most at Calvary. The fact that this Church could survive 2,000 yrs headed by sinful men is miracle in itself and further proof of the protection Jesus promised (the gates of Hell shall never prevail against it)
Napoleon was preparing to conquer Rome and sent a messenger to tell the Pope he could topple the Catholic Church in one year. A cardinal sent back a message, "we Priests have been trying to topple this Church for 1800 yrs, what makes you think you can do it in one?"
Of course, he was not talking about a deliberate attempt by the Priests to topple the Church, but rather, the sinful weight of her members should have brought it down yrs ago. Even through the worst periods, truth was not altered as Jesus sees it through til He returns.
Quote: Ignatius of Antioch: "Do all things in harmony with God; with the Bishop presiding in place of God and the Presbyters in place of the council of the Apostles and with the Deacons who are most dear to me, entrusted with the business of Jesus Christ"