If I could accept this doctrine,
I knew I could trust the Church
on everything else.
I read Fr. Stanley Jaki's The Keys of the Kingdom and Upon This Rock, and the Documents of Vatican II and earlier councils, especially Trent. I carefully studied Scripture and the writings of Calvin, Luther, and the other Reformers to test the Catholic arguments. Time after time I found
that the Protestant arguments
against the primacy of Peter
simply weren't biblical or historical.
It became clear that the Catholic position
was the biblical one. P
At Catholic Answers http://www.catholic.com/library/Origins_of_Peter_as_Pope.asp we find a reiteration of the above but also a list of early documents that verify the truth of Peter as Pope--as the Rock of Christ.
P The Church Fathers, those Christians closest to the apostles in time, culture, and theological background, clearly understood that Jesus promised to build the Church on Peter, as the following passages show.
Tatian the Syrian AD 170
Tertullian AD 220
The Letter of Clement to James AD 221
The Clementine Homilies AD 221
Origen AD 248
Cyprian of Carthage AD 251
Firmilian AD 253.
Ephraim the Syrian AD 351
Optatus AD 367
Ambrose of Milan AD 389
Pope Damasus I AD 382
Jerome AD 396
Augustine AD 412
Council of Ephesus AD 431
Sechnall of Ireland AD 444
Pope Leo I AD 445
Council of Chalcedon AD 451 P
I only detail one of these quotations:-
P Tatian the Syrian
"Simon Cephas answered and said, 'You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.' Jesus answered and said unto him, 'Blessed are you, Simon, son of Jonah: flesh and blood has not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say unto thee also, that you are Cephas, and on this rock will I build my Church; and the gates of hades shall not prevail against it" (The Diatesseron 23 [A.D. 170]). P
The deceivers--those who know the Truth--in these anti-Catholic sects, realize that they can not allow their followers to thoroughly check out Catholic teaching because any good and just person would find that Catholicism is indeed the foundation of The Truth. They would lose all their followers!That is not something
And so, a prime objective is to get into the heads of their followers a powerful anti-Catholic attitude and amongst other things, they have their adherents thinking that there is no Truth outside the Bible (as if that would help)!! That is why we always gets the question from them Where is that in the Bible?
Catholics are afraid of
because The Church wrote
the New Testament
and stringently adheres to its teachings.
However, Truth can also be found in the Tradition of The Church. This The Church has always believed over Her 2,000 years of existence.Nowhere in Scripture
Now in claiming Sacred Scripture alone has all Truth, the non-Catholic may be asked Where is that in the Bible?
does it say that all Truth
is to be found therein.
Indeed, it makes it very clear that the alternative is the case.
P 60 2 14 Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle. P Second Thess.
John in his Gospel, makes it clear that a great deal has not been written about Jesus and His acts and teachings.
P 50 21 25 But there are also many other things which Jesus did; which, if they were written every one, the world itself, I think, would not be able to contain the books that should be written. P
There are other excellent examples proving that Tradition is a sure depository of Truth in that Christ Himself and also Paul, quoted from traditional sources not to be found in the written Word of God.
So, who really follows Scripture?
These non-Catholics who would have everyone think they know their Sacred Scripture, either do not know it, at all, or fail in what they do know.