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Were Catholic doctrines such as purgatory and papal primacy really universal in the early Church?

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Why does the Catholic Church claim (from Vatican I) that its doctrines can be verified by the "universal and unanimous consent of the Fathers" when it's so easy to prove that the Fathers were not unanimous in their teachings? Catholic doctrines such as purgatory, baptismal regeneration, and papal primacy were not universally held in the early Church.

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