The Chair of Peter and the Development of the Papacy

Posted February 23, 2018 2:54 am by Dwight Longenecker

The Chair of Peter and the Development of the Papacy

On this Feast of the Chair of Peter the photograph with this post is the cathedra or Bishop’s Throne in the Cathedral Church of St John Lateran–the cathedral of the Bishop of Rome and the seat of his authority as the Successor of Peter. This long article charts the early development of the papacy and critiques some typical misunderstandings about the early church. 
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