This is a thread based on a subject started by BH in a different thread.
The question is, can we find evidence that the Catholic Church has become apostate by examining the early Christian martyr St. Polycarp?
I’l start of with this quote:
When St. Polycarp was Bishop of Smyrna, around 110 A.D., St. Ignatius of Antioch was under guard being taken to Rome where he was to be martyred. On his way there, he wrote seven letters, one being addressed to the Christians at Smyrna (where Polycarp was bishop). In this letter he writes, “Wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church.” This is the earliest use of the term “Catholic” that we have in ancient writings. It is interesting that it is a man of Antioch who first writes the term Catholic Church. This is because it was also at Antioch that the followers of Jesus were for the first time called “Christians.” (Acts 11,26)