A Brief History of the Papacy

Thursday, 03 May 2007

Protestant opinions of the papacy have taken many forms throughout the ages, ranging from confessional anathemas to the modern proponents of "Evangelicals and Catholics Together" (ECT). One of the reasons for the wide variety of views is often a lack of awareness of how the papacy has acquired its current form. At the commencement of the papal narrative, as seen in the works of Clement, Hermas, and even Ignatius of Antioch, the church exhibited a concern to defend and establish a general sense of Episcopal authority and not the primacy of the Bishop of Rome. ...

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