A History of the Popes: From Peter to the Present by John W. O'Malley

By John W. O'Malley

A background of the Popes tells the tale of the oldest dwelling establishment within the Western world—the papacy. From its origins in Saint Peter, Jesus' leader disciple, via Pope Benedict XVI this day, the popes were key avid gamers in nearly all the nice dramas of the western international within the final thousand years. Acclaimed church historian John W. O'Malley's attractive narrative examines the 265 people who have claimed to be Peter's successors. instead of describe every one pope one after the other, the publication makes a speciality of the popes that formed pivotal moments in either church and global background. the writer doesn't turn away from controversies within the church, and comprises legends like Pope Joan and a entire checklist of popes and antipopes to aid readers get an entire photo of the papacy.

This concurrently reverent but severe ebook will attract readers drawn to either faith and historical past because it chronicles the saints and sinners who've led the Roman Catholic Church during the last 2000 years. the writer attracts from his renowned audio CD lecture sequence at the subject, 2,000 Years of Papal background, on hand via Now you recognize Media (www.nowyouknowmedia.com).

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Divine Providence does not deny them the helps necessary for salvation’ (LG 16). ’ Maintaining that Christ is the head not only of the Church but also of all human beings, albeit ‘in different degrees’, Thomas replied to the first objection by stating: ‘unbelievers, although they are actually not part of the Church, nevertheless, belong to it potentially. ’ This all-inclusive view has the advantage of clearly attributing the salvation of human beings primarily to the risen Christ and to Christ not as the head of the Church but as the head of all humanity.

Blessed Pius IX, Quanto conficiamur moerore Human beings can never even begin to have anything to do with God or to approach God without already being borne by God’s grace. 1225–74). 1 Anzir had even proposed a candidate to be ordained a 1. -P. Migne, Patrologia Latina, 148, coll. 450–2; H. E. J. Cowdrey, The Register of Pope Gregory VII 1073–1085: An English Translation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), 204–5. 24 THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL ON OTHER RELIGIONS bishop and so take care of his Christian subjects.

6 However, after the time of Cyprian, such writers as St Ambrose of Milan, St Gregory of Nyssa, and St John Chrysostom began applying the axiom to everyone who had not accepted Christian faith. These writers assumed that the Christian message had been proclaimed more or less everywhere, and that those who had failed to accept it were guilty. 7 Augustine, in particular, took a pessimistic view of the prospects not only for those who (through heresy or schism) had separated themselves from the community of the Church but also for all children and adults who died without baptism.

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