Primacy of Peter Does Matter to Us (21.A)

I’ve mentioned before that I thought the pandemic was going to give me some time to read, at long last. Well, we all know what a crazy idea that was. I’m busier than ever.

But somehow I found the time to get into two books this week. One is the first volume of Pope Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth, which is so rich that I will probably be quoting it in every second homily from now to Christmas. And by Christmas I hope I’ve finished the third volume of the Pope Emeritus’s work, which is about Christmas.

(Note to reader: Of course I am ashamed that I never read it before now, despite several false starts!]

Praise the Lord

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Of Peter and the Papacy – A Homily for the 21st Sunday of the Year

The Gospel today sets forth the biblical basis for the Office of Peter, the Office of the Papacy, for Peter’s successors are the Popes. The word “pope” is simply an English version (via Anglo-Saxon and Germanic tongues) of the word “papa.” The Pope is affectionately called “Papa” in Italian and Spanish as an affectionate indication that he is the father of the family, the Church

Praise the Lord

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