The Papacy, Episcopacy and Presbyterate were the first signs of a Pope, Bishops and Priests in the Early Church. The Papacy was, and still is, how the Vicar of Christ was referred to. The Episcopacy was first created to give the Pope help in administering the sacraments, but quickly evolved into Bishops. The Presbyterate were the first priests, and traditionally Church elders. The current priesthood was developed over many centuries.