Titus 1:5: This is why I left you in Crete, that you might amend what was defective, and appoint elders (in other words, priests) in every town as I directed you . . .
Acts 13:2-3: While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
The apostles passed on their responsibility and authority to others. The bishops of the Catholic Church are their lawful successors. Even St. Paul, blinded by the light of Christ and called to bear his Gospel to the Gentiles, had to be ordained by the apostolic men already ministering. Where do modern Protestant ministers get their authority to teach, preach, and govern? The answer is, only from men. The shepherds of the Catholic Church receive their authority from Christ.
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