This came up in another thread, but I think it's worth discussing separately. We Catholics are told something like that the early Church did not recognize papal supremacy, but that later popes forced it on the bishops. What I want to know is, why did all the bishops of the West give in to this unscriptural and God-defying usurpation of authority? Why did all the bishops give up their rightful and God-given authority to the pope, their equal, even though they all knew he was wrong in demanding supremacy? It's hard enough to get people to give up authority to legitimate claims, and yet here we apparently have a case of unanimous relinquishment of authority to an illegitimate claim. I'd like to read some history about this Great Unscriptural Relinquishment. I'd like to read about the heated debates that took place. I'd like to read the scathing letters sent to Rome by angry bishops. I'd like to read about bishops who rejected the papal claims. I'd also like to read about bishops who gave in to the papal claims while acknowledging that they were unscriptural and fraudulent. I'd like to read about the wars fought over this wicked power grab. I'd like to read about subsequent reform attempts within the Church for the bishops to reclaim their rightful and God-given authority back from the popes.