Nothing could be further from the truth as their own creed of faith clearly states that they hold to one Divine nature and one Human nature in perfect unity without mix which is essentially the orthodox position for all of historic biblical Christianity.
They were persecuted by the Western Church (early Roman Catholicism), abandoned by the Eastern Church, and eventually persecuted by the Muslims with heavy taxation, beatings, and martyrdom.
The term “Pope” which was derived from the Greek word “Papa” or “Pappas” was not used until the late 2nd and early 3rd centuries to denote the premier Bishop or “Father” over all Bishops.
The idea of an emerging, strong, and centrally governed church was taken even further by Augustine, a Bishop of Hippo.
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).Claims apostles Bartholomew and Thaddeus as its founders (not St. St Gregory The Illuminator evangelized Armenia in 301 AD – 1 The word “Catholic” simply means “worldwide” and indeed the first organized group of Christian churches were worldwide. Over the course of nearly 600 years, a small crack would slowly divide this single unified church into two branches: The Roman Catholic branch and the Orthodox branch.During the early years of Christianity, there weren’t denominations and therefore no need to refer to a church by a particular tag: Lutheran, Catholic, etc. Both branches would claim to be the "true church" and would accuse the other of apostasy even up to the twentieth century.Founded by John-Mark (author of the "Gospel of Mark") in the first century A.D., this church flourished under the authority of the Eastern Church (later to become the Eastern Orthodox church in 1054).