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I was talking with a Romanist and they were trying to argue that the 7 sacraments were always the standard of the Church. Is he right? A quick look through Schaff tells otherwise. The number of sacraments was under discussion and it wasn’t till over 1000 years after the Ascension that the number was determined. Is this “catholic”? (more…)
Suppose you are reading through the writings of Gregory of Nazianzus and you hear him say that either the apostle Peter or the bishop of Rome is “entrusted with the chief rule over the people, in other words, the charge of the whole world.” Would you think that he was affirming the universal jurisdiction and primacy of the Roman see? I think a lot of folks who have joined the Roman communion would think that way.
Perhaps one of the greatest embarrassments to the Roman Catholic Church was Pope Alexander VI. The Pope kept his mistress in the Vatican. Now first of all there was an issue of him having the mistress. Second of all what’s he doing breaking the vow of celibacy?
He voted his son Cesare to the Cardinals. Which is interesting because it is the Cardinals who vote on who the Pope will be. Cardinal Cesare died from syphilis and his daughter was the known person to poison whatever guest where not considered trustworthy.
Often we here from the defenders of Romanist adherents about the succession of Popes that go all the way back to the apostle Peter himself. However, it doesn’t take long to look through the succession of the Papacy and find errors in this claim and discover a line of men who were anything but holy men of God.
The Pope is to be the mouth piece of God on the earth. He is the body of Christ and the head of the church. However, the problem with this claim is that there simply isn’t a consistent example of Popes who could hold up to an amazingly impossible standard of being Jesus on earth.
The first I would mention isPope Sixtus IV. He started out by raising funds for the massive building campaigns the best he could by perhaps being more creative than any other Pope. Pope Sixtus IV extended plenary indulgences to the dead! Usually these were awarded to those who were living so that they could avoid extra time in Purgatory. After all if the idea is that when you die you will have to spend a couple hundred thousand years in the flames of Purgatory would you drop some coin to avoid this? Well Sixtus thought he would be creative and do something no other Pope had ever done and extend this offer to dead people. Thus their relatives could extend their hand in this world and help them out in the other world (assuming they hadn’t already sprung from Purgatory).
We do enjoy some of his works granted, however knowing that beauty was created on the back of ignorant peasants it is nothing short of nauseating. Pope Sixtus IV get’s a grade of F in my book.