I just don’t get it. The lineage of popes is well documented right down to Peter as the 1st Bishop of Rome. Ignatius of Antioch the bishop that replaced Peter at Antioch when Peter left to Rome even mentions the Catholic Church and that he is “bound to Rome”. Its clearly stated in his Epistle to the Smyrnæans
which I provide here from a Calvin College -(Protestant) - Online library ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf01.v.vii.html and ccel.org/ccel/schaff/anf01.v.ii.xxii.html .
Yet why is it that they spread falsehood ?
Do they not understand that the New Testament which they accept what organized as Canon by the Church. By a congregation of bishops, Synods, during the late 4th century.
Do they think these bishops were Anglicans or some other Protestant Church? No it makes no historical sense. They were Catholic Bishops in union with Rome.
How can I confront this evident historically error to prove to them that it makes no sense to state that the Catholic Church is not the Church founded by Christ onto Peter, the 1st bishop of Rome.
Additionally, how can they possibly deny the Church’s historical presence well before the 4th century as it is undenably the Catholic Church which is described by Early Church Fathers begining with Ignatateus, Irenaeus, Clement, Justyn Martyr and severa other Church Fathers.