There are various contingent reasons why I love the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul (June 29). It’s usually always sunny and for a school chaplain it marks the beginning of the end of the academic year. Despite a tendency by some to play down St Paul today, I enjoy reading the stories of his… Continue reading Let’s proclaim St Peter loudly and proudly
Full Question How can you say Peter had authority over other church leaders when he referred to himself as only their “fellow elder”(1 Pt 5:1). This proves Peter did not see himself as having any “primacy” in the Church. He was just a presbyter. Answer No, it doesn’t. To assert that Peter had no primacy… Continue reading Did St. Peter view his authority as equal to other Church leaders?
Modern Eastern ecclesiologists agree with Catholics that the apostles chose successors. But what authority did Jesus give to Peter himself? Catholics and Orthodox Christians are divided over the issue. Matthew 16:19 tells us that Christ gave Peter both the power of the keys and the power of binding and loosing. The first was given to… Continue reading Saint Peter and the Eastern Orthodox
Full Question Catholics claim Peter as the first pope because he served as Bishop of Rome. But the Bible says he was never there. Paul, writing from Rome, says, “Only Luke is with me” (2 Tim. 4:11). This by itself proves Peter wasn’t there. Answer Actually, the most it could prove is that Peter wasn’t… Continue reading The Bible says that Peter wasn't in Rome. So how could he be its first bishop?