Because parishes all depend on their existence on the one bishop.So what? Prove that in point of administrative fact Churches couldn't exist without earthly bishops.
The corruption of the Vatican's priesthold into a personal possession of an "alter Christi," which can even be taken into heresy forever, would seem to lay at the source of your confusion.
Protestants seem to do it alright.
Well, as we say in Arabic, the pot has found its ladle.
Indeed, there's a lot more Protestants than Orthodox in the world,
Mat. 7:13 "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few."
Luke 12:32 "Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."
Before 1517, Protestants (besides the Vatican, the original Protestant) were few and far between, whereas we been around since c. 27.
so if anything their model is more effective than yours is.
In proliferating heresy and schism, yes it is. Thousands of denominations in constant flux.
The Church has a Head. The Head.
Earthly head, obviously. Don't play dumb.
It is not our fault your ecclassical body is severed from our Head, while we still have our Head on straight.
As the Fathers often state "Do not move the ancient boundary Which your fathers have set." Prov. 22:28
So what? Appeal to authority is a logical fallacy.
Care to square that with Pastor Aeternus?
Because Christ sent them.
No, that's appeal to authority again. Why did Christ send them?
"He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you." John 20:21
It doesn't, as the last Patriarch of Jerusalem found out the hard way.
The bishops of the Holy Synod deposed him.
Because the Scriptures and Fathers tell us so.
Appeal to authority, again.
Mat. 28:18 And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age."
Odd, you ultramontanists are usually big fans of authority. Only Rome's, of course.
What man is stepping in?
If Christ can be depended upon to ensure the earthly unity of the Church, no men are needed to provide any structure. Just depend on Christ.
"He that heareth you, heareth Me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth Me; and he that despiseth Me, despiseth Him that sent Me." Luke 10:16.
"Jesus himself did not baptize, but His disciples." John 4:2
39 years vs 1000
Just that bout. It's not the only schism you guys had.
And it is vs. 0, as we have never experienced anything like your Great Schism, nor your Reformation.