9:24 has no discernible meaning, the papacy is supposed to be a relay race with the fisherman’s ring. It would take an ecumenical council to bring the churches to agreement on this matter. Now, Mr. X’s claim rests on two observations. Christ gives Peter the keys to the kingdom of Heaven. The politics of this is demonstrated by the fact that the Emperor Justin ignored the pope's candidate for the vacated see of Alexandria and instead "authorised the consecration of Timothy III, an intransigent Monophysite".. quoted in Whelton, M., (1998) Two Paths: Papal Monarchy - Collegial Tradition, (Regina Orthodox Press; Salisbury, MA), p.50. Accept our counsel and you will have nothing to regret.  Discover what the Church Fathers say about the Papacy In his 5-CD Set The Shocking Truth About The Pope And The Church Fathers, Tim Staples shows that it's not only the Bible that provides ample evidence of the papacy established by Christ, but also the wealth of writings by the Fathers of the Church. Identity Politics vs. Transactional Politics. ©2008-2020 Catholics Come Home, Inc. PO Box 1802 Roswell, GA 30077, Just as Christ established a visible Church, He also provided a visible person to guide the Church—the pope. , However there is evidence that Peter was not the first bishop, and that the church in Rome was founded (or organized) by Peter and Paul together. From this hope and faith we by no means desire to be separated and, following the doctrine of the Fathers, we declare anathema all heresies, and, especially, the heretic Nestorius, former bishop of Constantinople, who was condemned by the Council of Ephesus, by Blessed Celestine, bishop of Rome, and by the venerable Cyril, bishop of Alexandria. The Catholic Church is the only church today that can claim to be the one church founded by Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago. Was anything, again, concealed from John, the Lord's most beloved disciple, who used to lean on His breast to whom alone the Lord pointed Judas out as the traitor, whom He commended to Mary as a son in His own stead? But that doesn’t mean that Catholics must ring him up for every question that pops into their head and would thus be lost during a sede vacante.  This council then, having been rejected by the whole church is not accepted in the east as a valid council, despite the pope accepting it as such. Orthodox Christians accept that Peter had a certain primacy. Further it enumerated canon of Holy Scriptures (Old and New Testaments), and prohibited the rebaptism or re-ordination of those baptized or ordained by Donatists. And, of course, the handling of such things as appointments within the Church is necessary to its being able to function, in the same way that it falls to the president of the United States to appoint cabinet officers and Supreme Court justices. Alexander of Alexandria summoned a local synod in Alexandria in 321 which also condemned Arianism.  Writing to Count Terentius Basil said, But a further rumour has reached me that you are in Antioch, and are transacting the business in hand with the chief authorities. Otherwise the pope ratified the Acts of the Council of Chalcedon, but only inasmuch as they referred to matters of faith.". , The Fourth Ecumenical Council was called against the expressed wishes of the pope. ", "And if any should say 'How then did James receive the chair at Jerusalem?' Augustine, "I do not doubt that if he had had the opportunity of discussing this question, which has been so long and so much disputed in the Church, with the pious and learned men to whom we owe it that subsequently that ancient custom was confirmed by the authority of a plenary Council, he would have shown, without hesitation, not only how learned he was in those things which he had grasped with all the security of truth, but also how ready he was to receive instruction in what he had failed to perceive." But if I attempt even the least deviation from my profession, I admit that, according to my own declaration, I am an accomplice to those whom I have condemned. Any argument against the papacy must be made on the basis of what Christ did or did not intend, not on any subjective, earth-bound idea about what’s “necessary.”. , A controversy arose out of the writings known as Three Chapters – written by bishops Theodore, Theodoret, and Ibas. The church is in the image of the Trinity and reflects the reality of the incarnation. For Orthodox agreement to Rome is because it stated the truth. Bossuet wrote, These things prove, that in a matter of the utmost importance, disturbing the whole Church, and seeming to belong to the Faith, the decress of sacred council prevail over the decrees of Pontiffs, and the letter of Ibas, though defended by a judgment of the Roman Pontiff could nevertheless be proscribed as heretical.  The first condition of salvation is to keep the norm of the true faith and in no way to deviate from the established doctrine of the Fathers. And we condemn the assassin Timothy, surnamed Aelurus ["the Cat"] and also Peter [Mongos] of Alexandria, his disciple and follower in everything. Decisions taken by popes in cases involving against bishops have often been confirmed by ecumenical councils.