The Early Christians – Disciples of the original disciples
The Early Christians
“Early Church Fathers” were Catholic. They are the students of the original Disciples of Jesus Christ.
# The tradition, teaching, and faith of the Catholic Church from the beginning, taught by Jesus Christ to his Apostles and they preached to their students that became the Early Church Fathers of the Church, preserved what they have learned and this is how the Church founded.
They are the students of the original Disciples of Jesus Christ.
One of the many early church fathers was Ignatius of Antioch, he was a student of John, and John was a disciple of Jesus. Jesus taught John. Therefore what John learned from Jesus also passed on to Ignatius, and Ignatius mentioned Catholic in his letter to Smyrneans. St. Ignatius of Antioch’s letter to the Smyrneans, paragraph 8, of 107 A.D.,
The first recorded use of the word “Catholic” was mentioned by St. Ignatius of Antioch’s
Ignatius of Antioch wrote: “Let no one do anything of concern to the Church without the bishop. Let that be considered a valid Eucharist, which is celebrated by the bishop or by one whom he ordains [i.e., a presbyter]. Wherever the bishop appears, let the people be there, just as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church.” (Epistle to the Smyrneans 8:2. [107 A.D.]).
Acts 11:26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
St. Augustine mentioned the Catholic Church, by name, over 300 times in his writings.
Catholic Church mentioned by name
Protestants do not know about the students of the disciples
*Ignatius, Letter to the Smyrneans 8:1-2. J65 106AD
Martyrdom of St. Polycarp 16:2. J77,79,80a,81a, 155AD
*Clement of Alexandria, Stromateis 7:17:107:3. J435 202AD
Cyprian, Unity of the Catholic Church 4-6. J555-557 251AD
Cyprian, Letter to Florentius 66:69:8. J587 254AD
*Lactantius, Divine Institutions 4:30:1. *J637 304AD
Alexander of Alexandria, Letters 12. J680 324AD
Athanasius, Letter on Council of Nicea 27. J757 350AD
*Athanasius, Letter to Serapion 1:28. J782 359AD
Athanasius, Letter to Council of Rimini 5. J785 361AD
Cyril of Jerusalem, Catachetical Lectures 18:1. J836-*839
Damasus, Decree of Damasus 3. J910u 382AD
Serapion, The Sacramentary 13:1. J1239a 350AD
*Pacian of Barcelona, Letter to Sympronian 1:4 J1243 375AD
Augustine, Letter to Vincent the Rogatist 93:7:23. J1422
Augustine, Letter to Vitalis 217:5:16. J1456 427AD
*Augustine, Psalms 88:2:14, 90:2:1. J1478-1479 418AD
*Augustine, Sermons 2, 267:4. *J1492, *J1523 430AD
*Augustine, Sermon to Catechumens on the Creed 6:14. J1535
*Augustine, The True Religion 7:12+. *J1548, *J1562, J1564
**Augustine, Against the Letter of Mani 4:5. *J1580-1581
*Augustine, Christian Instruction 2:8:12+. *J1584, J1617
Augustine, Baptism 4:21:28+. J1629, J1714, J1860a, J1882
*Augustine, Against the Pelagians 2:3:5+. *J1892, *J1898
Innocent I, Letter to Probus 36. J2017
*Fulgence of Ruspe, Forgiveness of Sins 1:19:2, J2251-2252
# For sure the word was in use before the time of this writing.
# If it were not for the Catholic Christian Crusaders, Christianity in Europe and the rest of the world would have been wiped out by the invading islamist.