Whilst having a discussion online, I tried attempted to look into biblical references that were in favor of Catholicism and also those that out-right denounced many of the ideas found in Protestantism.
Basically, I found three issues. The first two are simple enough to understand, yet I can’t quite reconcile the third - due to my own ignorance.
Firstly, the issue of Protestants with Apostolic Tradition. It’s simple enough to understand and to find biblical references to it. Whilst it seems that many Protestants (or at least those I talk with) argue against it, there’s too much evidence to support it in my view.
Secondly, the issue of Apostolic Succession. Again, we have direct support of it found within the Bible. We see that Christ gives this Gift to his Apostles. We also see the Apostles filling the position that belonged to Judas, and then again the warning to Timothy to take care in the ordination of others (Further passing along the apostolic succession) and indeed the call to pass along.
Now, I think i’m fairly right on those areas. What stumbles me is this. Does Apostolic Succession continue to exist today despite ‘false’ popes and wrongly ordained bishops (Anti-Popes and such)? If a bishop does not have a rightful claim to apostolic succession, would then any Bishop he ordained fail to have that gift also? Is it as simple as God fixes any errors due to the failings of man?
I hope I haven’t made any incorrect assumptions here, or failed to explain myself adequately.