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The Waldensians also managed to translate at least part of the Scriptures into French.
The idea of an emerging, strong, and centrally governed church was taken even further by Augustine, a Bishop of Hippo.Were it not for a letter to Mohammed to "spare the Copts as they are your 'kin;" The Coptic Christians would have possibly been driven out or worse, wiped out.But they survived and still exist today and are constantly in the news for all of the atrocities that the Muslim Brotherhood inflict upon them.Papal infallibility was introduced primarily (and surprisingly) by theologians like Theodore Abu-Qurrah, Thomas Aquinas, and John Peter Olivi, and not by the Popes themselves, as many assert today.During the Vatican I council in 1870, the dogma of the infallibility of the pope was officially codified and is still preached and practiced today. Peter Waldo sought to put the Scriptures into the common language of the people, preach to people in a language they understand, and reform the obscenely wealthy monasteries who drew money from poor and stockpiled it (quite the opposite of the vision of Anthony - the first monk).The Church was unified and each congregation was generally denoted by its geographic location. Today, there are active ecumenical efforts to arrive at a peaceful, harmonious co-relationship within the Body of Christ.
Writings of Ignatius and Iraneus (Against Heresies) would begin to extol the Apostle Peter as the first Bishop of Rome and the preeminence of the Roman See over all other regions.
Augustine believed a strong Church government was necessary for survival and ultimately defeating heresy.
Unfortunately, this introduced abuse by the hierarchy of the governing church against those that would question the unbiblical doctrines introduced by various church leaders. immaculate conception and assumption of Mary, prayer to the saints as intermediaries, etc.
At the council of Chalcedon, when the Western "Roman" church began to over reach its authority.
This little group of believers was wrongly accused of monophysitism (the Christology that claims that Jesus has one combined nature of God and man).
They come under heavy persecution and have had survive almost 1500 years of constant attack.