From Bishop to Pope: A Timeline

Wednesday, 02 Jan 2013

circa 180 Irenaeus pens Against Heresies and describes Rome as a faithful preserver of apostolic doctrine, but there is no mention of papal primacy: "For it is a matter of necessity that every Church should agree with this Church on account of its preeminent authority… inasmuch as the apostolical tradition has been preserved continuously by those [faithful men] who exist everywhere." (1) circa 251 In response to Pope Stephen's appeal to Matthew 16 to justify ...

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