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The Papacy explains that without the Pope's divinely guided leadership, the Church would suffer the contradictions and the divisions that many Christian groups know firsthand. The teaching passed down from the apostles would be subject to arbitrary, relative, and numerous interpretations; holiness would be only a distant ideal; and the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church founded by Jesus would break apart.
In describing the Pope's important and singular role as leader and teacher, the book addresses common misconceptions and objections to the papacy. It also explains how the papacy developed and how the Pope is elected.
The authors present some great Popes in history, showing the qualities and the accomplishments that made them great. They demonstrate that the Pope is important not only for Catholics, but also for non-Catholic Christians and even non-Christians.
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About the Author
Stephen K. Ray was raised in a devout and loving Baptist family. His father was a deacon and Bible teacher, and Stephen was very involved in the Baptist Church as a teacher of Biblical studies. After an in-depth study of the writings of the Church Fathers, both Steve and his wife Janet converted to the Catholic Church. He is the host of the popular, award-winning film series on salvation history, The Footprints of God. Steve is also the author of the best-selling books Crossing the Tiber, and St. John's Gospel.
Rev Dennis K Walters
R. Dennis Walters attended a Claretian seminary for eight years. He has a B.A. in English from Loyola University, an M.A. and Ph.D. in Literature from Michigan State University, and a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. He was ordained to the permanent Diaconate in 2007 and now serves at a small parish in rural Michigan.
Table of Contents
1 The Papacy and You 7
2 The Pope as Leader 21
3 The Pope as Teacher 47
4 The Pope as Gift to the Church and the World 69
5 The Selection of the Pope 95
6 The Pope as Brother to Others 103
7 Ten Common Attacks on the Papacy 119
8 The Pope and Your Catholic Life 129
Appendix 1 Chronological List of the Popes 137
Appendix 2 A Short Glossary 143
Appendix 3 Recommended Citations of Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church 147
Appendix 4 Where to Learn More 149
Subject Index 151
Scripture Index 163