The Papacy and Infallibility:
"The Keys to the Kingdom"
The ecumenical First Vatican Council, in 1870, defined once and for all the dogma of papal infallibility.
Did Jesus Really Make Peter Pope?
Fr. William Saunders
This article appeared in the October 20, 1994 issue of "The Arlington Catholic Herald"
Pope Fiction: Answers to Five Myths and Misconceptions About the Papacy
This article from "Envoy" addresses five common myths about the papacy
The Primacy of the Pope in the Church
Excellent defense of the Papacy. Taken from the "Catholic Position Papers", September, 1981
The Primacy of the Successor of Peter
in the Mystery of the Church
Reflections on the Primacy of Peter by the Prefect and Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, published in October 1998. In 1996 a symposium on this subject was held in the Vatican, the papers of which were published in 1998 by the Vatican Press
The Popes and Slavery
A review of an important book by Fr. Joel Panzer which documents the papacy's constant oppostion to slavery from the 1400's on. This article appeared in the January 12, 1997 issue of "Our Sunday Visitor"
Chair of Peter
Article on the Chair of Peter
The Role of the Vatican
in the Modern World
Eugene V. Rostow
In March 1967, Mr. Eugene V. Rostow, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, addressed a conference on "The Vatican and Peace" at Boston College. His speech (reprinted in LOR)shows how multi-leveled the Vatican's international influence is
The Four Marks of the Church:
The Church is Apostolic
In this article we find the mark of apostolicity defined in terms of the Church's character as a family. As families are connected with their forebears by genealogy, so the Church is connected with the Apostles by the bishops who have succeeded them down to the present. Special attention is given to the succession from the chief Apostle, St. Peter
The Modern Catholic
and the Magisterium of the Pope
Cardinal Laurean Rugambwa
The Cardinal notes the critical state of mind of Catholics in the late '60s, approves the lay initiative in seeking to understand what the magisterium teaches, but also cautions Catholics to be receptive to the teachings of the Pope in particular, as successor to the Chief among the Apostles