The ‘Cathedra’ or Episcopal throne of the Bishop of Rome in Cathedral of St John Lateran

Go here for a longish article on the early papacy. Were the first popes “monarchs”? If so in what way? Did the papacy only start with Emperor Constantine? Was Leo the Great the first “real pope”. Read this article to correct Protestant misunderstandings and attacks on the papacy on today’s Feast of the Chair of Peter.