My mom is married to a Protestant man (in the Catholic Church) who really never attended church on a regular basis during his adult life before they were married. Since they have been married, she has really ignited a love for God and Jesus in him and they attend church every Sunday, just not Catholic church. My Mom’s reasoning is that she wants to worship with her husband and she doesn’t think God is going to hold it against her or be hurt because she’s not attending mass. They go to a church that they both love and my Mom still prays the rosary most days and is honestly one of the best people I have ever known and loves God with her whole heart.
Anyway, that’s not really what this thread is about…that’s just background.
We were talking earlier today, and my mom said that the only Catholic among the Apostles and early biblical writers was Peter, and that Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, etc. all broke off and taught their own interpretations of what Christ taught. Basically, she read or heard that they never really had a set hierarchy or dogma, that they didn’t really meet to discuss doctrine, etc. My understanding was that they all went and had churches elsewhere, but that Peter was the head of the Church and they all basically followed his lead as the first Catholic priests.
Does anyone know any real details about the structure of the early church? Any unbiased sources or info I can pass along?