I am reading a Concise History of the Catholic Church by Tom Bokenkotter.
Any general reviews on this or opinions on Bokenkotter’s orthodoxy would be appreciated.
In the book he mentions that St Ignatius around the year 90 wrote of the importance of following the successor of Peter.
Yet later on he writes that no Pope made a claim to Papal authority until the 5th century.
This seems to me a contradiction. Can anyone clear up the history of Papal authority (aside from the evidence in the book of Acts which shows Peter as the leader) and when it was etablished? Did it develop over time? Was it the result of an ex cathedra statement?