Thursday, 6 September 2018

The Roman Catholic church now and then - why its central claim is and has always been false

Despite its seemingly endless round of scandals, and despite being ready to admit that it is infested with rotten leaders from top to bottom, many Roman Catholics remain loyal to Rome. They hold on for one root reason: they believe Rome's fundamental claim that the Roman Catholic institution is the church that Jesus founded. Jesus, they believe, founded a successional institution, head-quartered in Rome, whose historical continuity is to be found in a line of Bishops of Rome. Take away this claim, disprove this root claim, and the whole case for remaining loyal to the Roman Catholic church falls away. In this carefully argued piece, Steven Wedgworth demonstrates how that claim is plainly false to both the Bible, and to church history: