3 thoughts on “Rewind – The Apostasy of the City of Rome from the Vicar of Christ”

  1. It seems to me that the promise of “gates of hell shall not prevail” and “Rome shall drive away the Vicar of Christ” would not break the promise as the Church, however small it is while it is underground, would not have been conquered (otherwise the Pope and the faithful few would not have to flee Rome), they would have stayed in Rome and “returned to ancient paganism” with the majority of Roman citizens during those times.

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  2. I have Mannings book on my shelf, but have yet to read it. This quote has me interested. While I certainly do not challenge the veracity of Manning’s account, I will be interested to see whether/how he deals with the promise of Our Lord that the gates of hell would not prevail against the papacy, and Christ’s protection from Satan’s desire to sift Peter. I can think of arguments against both those arguments, but it would be nice to see them coming from the pen of a cardinal rather than laity like me.

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    • Cardinal is a rank that did not exist for 1000 years, and is not necessary for the functioning of the divine constitution of the Church, nor her mission or teaching. When it comes to papacy, Catholics call the Pope “bishop of Rome”, not “cardinal of Rome”.
      Alluding publicly that a cardinal has something to explain that a bishop can not, or a priest can not, or Christians who are true to the Church and her teaching can not, is (false) [original redacted]. It suggests that the working of the Holy Spirit depends on an arbitrary rank of the person. In the language of St Jerome, who is a bishop and a doctor of the Church, gates of hell are heresies.

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