Published March 2007
by Our Sunday Visitor .
Written in English
|The Physical Object|
|Number of Pages||223|
This book is packed with information on the reasons for the papacy. The book is an easy read. The author supports every concept covered in the book by referring to specific texts in the Bible. The layout of this book is organized in such a way that the reader will want to underline parts of the book and keep the book handy as a reference book/5. OBJECTOR: You Catholics say that you believe in the Bible as the word of God. Yet how can you justify the position of the pope based on the Bible? I see nothing in the Bible about a pope. CATHOLIC: The Bible has a lot to say on the papacy as an institution. I know that non-Catholics claim that the papacy was an idea that grew up gradually in the first few centuries of Christianity as Rome. The papacy of the Catholic Church is the longest-living institution in the Drawing upon Old and New Testament Scriptures, Tradition, and the words of the early Church Fathers, author, lawyer, and noted Catholic apologist John Salza presents a comprehensive and compelling story of the papacy from a biblical perspective. The truth of the matter is that nothing exists in this biblical text to authorize the establishment of the papacy. Finally, it is important to emphasize that the idea (borne of tradition) that Peter was exalted over the other apostles—and thereby was transformed into the pioneer for the papal throne—is biblically .
2) You objected, primarily on the basis of 1Clement, arguing that Clement’s writings aren’t explicit enough about the papacy. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe that you’ve ignored all of the specific Scriptural passages I cited in the post, as well as all of the other Church Fathers. As for books I enjoy that might be persuasive to you, here are a few: Upon This Rock by Steve Ray – a book-length argument for Petrine supremacy and the papacy, from a Protestant convert. The Fathers Know Best: Your Essential Guide to the Teachings of the Early Church by Jimmy Akin – important quotations from the Church Fathers in support. So, many “Bible-only” Christians may be surprised that it’s not only entirely biblical, it’s even in the Old Testament! There are several key passages in the New Testament where Jesus makes clear the special role for Peter among the Apostles (cf. John , Luke ). Question: "What does the Bible say about the pope / papacy?" Answer: The Roman Catholic Church’s teaching about the pope (“pope” means “father”) is built upon and involves the following Roman Catholic teachings: 1) Christ made Peter the leader of .
John Salza provides a great book to show that the office of the pope, or the papacy, has basis in the Bible and the writings of the Fathers of the Church. Salza’s intent is that Catholics can have discussions with non-Catholics about the primacy of the pope, who is the successor of St. Peter. So yes, the Papacy is quintessentially Catholic, but that’s because it is thoroughly biblical. (Reprinted with permission from The Crossroads Initiative, reflection on Mass Readings for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle A). Bible verses about Papacy. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had. How the “Robber Council” Establishes the Papacy by Joe Heschmeyer At least three groups of Christians – Eastern Orthodox, traditional Protestants, and liberal Catholics – assail the papacy by arguing that the Church Councils should be our highest authority, an idea called “concilarism.”.