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Monday, May 09, 2005

'Quiet' Letters
This will be a new series on the site since the Prov. Journal (RI paper) seems to never print Catholic letters with substance...here's a good piece by Rev. Ray Suriani. (NOTE: Rev. Suriani is defending himself but it is worth noting I also wrote a letter doing so that has yet to published...gotta love the media bias!)

"In a letter he recently wrote to The Journal (“Catholics and Galatians,” May 8), Mr. Lawrence Chace challenged what he called “the Catholic interpretation that Christ’s Church is built upon, first, the Apostle Peter, and then its succession of popes.”
Catholics believe that the Church is “built” on Peter for one reason and one reason only: Jesus said it! Speaking at Caesarea Philippi to the man who would become very the first pope, our Lord emphatically stated, “You are ‘Rock,’ and on this rock I will build my Church, and the jaws of death shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16: 18)
Catholics also believe that Jesus was establishing an office in this scene of Scripture when he followed these words with the powerful declaration—again addressed to Peter—“I will entrust to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you declare bound on earth shall be b
ound in heaven; whatever you declare loosed on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Careful biblical scholars rightly point out that Jesus was alluding here to a text in Isaiah 22 in which “the keys” clearly symbolize dynastic authority. Jesus was therefore not only giving Peter a special role and prominence among the Twelve (something even many Protestants will admit), he was also establishing an office which would continue in his Church until the end of time." Rev. Raymond N. Suriani


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