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The Church could not teach error only in the sense that the original apostles under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit taught each congregation the revelation of Christ.
Did you know that Sts. Mark and Luke are not Apostles?
When they died, they left the inspired writings. These are all without error in the original manuscripts
Did you know that there were many more writings which purported to be written by the Apostles? Did you know that the Catholic Church sifted through all those writings and identified the ones’ which you now consider to be inspired? Did you know that Luther almost cast out the books of St. Jude, Hebrews, Revelation, and St. James because he did not consider them to be inspired?
The fact that they warned us of error and false doctrine only show that their teaching could, and was, undermined by others in their day.
Did you not notice that they identified heresies and rejected them? And that the Catholic Church has continued doing so throughout Church history?
But to say that today the Church cannot teach error is to say that the original Apostle’s warnings do not apply to us today.
You divorce the Apostles from the Church. The way we understand this topic and we can prove it from history, is that the Church warned us of heresies to come and the Church identified the heretics and the heresies for us in order to safeguard the Teachings of Jesus Christ.
We do not have, or share, the authoritative mantel of the original Apostles, nor is that mantle offered to anyone.
Actually, we do. It is the Apostolic Succession which is passed down, through the Church.
The office of Apostle found in Ephesians is a subordinate apostleship because the original Apostles shared a common bond of being the eye-witnesses to the resurrection where others were not.
Apostle doesn’t mean, “witness”. It means, “sent forth”. The original Apostles were sent forth by Jesus Christ. The other Apostles, were sent forth by the Church.
This is why I ask for a witness, someone who was there. If you can find this person, I will respect them at the level of the Apostles without error. Today’s Church leaders are with error and it shows. But they can glean from the holy writings of the founders to keep them on track.
You should study the Early Church Fathers. You will find that none of them hold Protestant doctrines. And that all of them were Priests, Deacons or Bishops of the Catholic Church. The Bishops and Priests confected the Eucharist, presided the Liturgy, the Sacraments and the rites of the Church. They obeyed the authority of the Catholic Church and enforced it.
In addition, you should study the ancient churches. The Greek Orthodox, the Syriac, the Coptic. Notice that they all hold Holy Orders, Liturgy, Sacraments and all reject Protestant doctrines. The few things that they hold against the Catholic Church have to do with the authority of the Pope.