So much junk to have to remember and sort out.
Wouldn’t it be a LOT easier to go the PROTESTant route and just rely on what the BIBLE says?
But the view of Catholics—at least the Catholics that I know—is that Apostolic succession lies in the Church, not in the Gospel proclaimed by the Apostles. Though in their eyes, it’s the same thing.
We Protestants believe that apostolic authority comes solely from the pure teachings of the Apostles, which came from Jesus. The Catholics I know believe that it comes from the Roman Catholic Church. Offering to share the Bible with the ones I know typically results in them telling me, “No thanks; I have a priest for that.” Because they were taught to place apostolic authority in the institution, not the message.
At least in my experience, that’s the case.