"How long, O Lord...?" How long before the claims of the Roman Catholic Church are subjected to evidentiary inquiry free from clouds of incense and sanctity? How long will the world stomach their cynical manipulation of the sick and needy? How long before their delusions of grandeur, authoritarian practices, and spiritual totalitarianism are exposed? How long will that cloak of piety, peace, ecumenism and universal brotherhood, mask their very temporal and millennial aspirations to universal power and sovereignty? How long...?
A timely illustration of the almost universal acceptance of Roman Catholic Church claims to papal primacy and apostolic succession for the Bishop of Rome was demonstrated to perfection by the mass media covering the Pope's visit to the USA. Their gullibility was only exceeded by their displays of fawning servility. The following remarks by Basilian Father Thomas Rosica, CEO of the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and Television Network, were accepted and echoed unquestioningly by the mainstream media:
"An ancient Latin expression, first used by St. Ambrose in the fourth century, came to my mind last week during several moments of the historic papal visit to the United States: “Ubi Petrus ibi ecclesia,” which is translated, “Wherever Peter is, there is the Church.
"Peter was in America last week, on the South Lawn of the White House, and at the Catholic University of America. Peter’s great smile and obvious serenity ignited a nation, a Church and a continent with hope in the midst of cynicism and despair, and while many would like to hasten death for a Church that is alive and young, Peter’s words addressed to representatives of more than 190 member nations of the United Nations spoke of human rights, dignity, dialogue and peace to a world at war in so many places. Peter’s eloquent silence, prayer and gestures at ground zero brought healing and peace to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on a nation.
"The New Testament’s Acts of the Apostles tells us “that they even carried the sick out into the streets and laid them on cots and pallets, so that when Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on any one of them. Also the people from the cities in the vicinity of Jerusalem were coming together, bringing people who were sick or afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all being healed."
"Benedict XVI came to America last week to bring healing and hope. His words and simple gestures were desperately needed in a nation torn apart by terrorism and wars, and in a Church split by many divisions. Only time, reflection and prayer will reveal if the healing of U.S. Catholics, begun last week, will bear fruit for the Church in America.
"One thing is certain, however: Last week the shadow of Peter fell on millions of people in America and far beyond. And many received hope and experienced healing from our many diseases. And one more thing happened last week: Joseph Ratzinger came into his own.
"Though elected and installed as Pope three years ago, I think his Papacy really began in the minds and hearts of North Americans last week when “Peter was among us.” (Zenit.org)
As stated in Apostolic Succession : The Petrine Hoax, there are two authorities that reveal the true situation regarding Peter and Rome during the first century.
We have looked at the first authority, evidence from the New Testament, and discovered that the New Testament presents a clear division of Ministries, with Peter, as the apostle to the "circumcised," travelling Eastwards, away from Rome, and Paul, as the apostle to the Gentiles, travelling Westwards, towards Rome.
We have also looked at the second authority, the letter written from the congregation at Rome to the congregation at Corinth circa 96 AD by the hand of Clemens Romanus, and discovered that the two distinct claims made by the Roman Catholic Church on the basis of Clement's letter - that Peter resided and died in Rome and that Clement as Bishop of Rome exercised primacy over other churches - are utterly spurious.
All we know is that Peter died. As for where, when or how, there is simply no evidence whatsoever. The tradition that Peter founded the Roman church was unknown in Rome in 100 CE. A century later, however, the tradition was firmly established.
There is no doubt that the Roman church has derived immense propaganda benefits from its situation in a city that gave its name to an empire. But Rome was the capital of the Empire only until 330 CE, when the new capital was set up at Constantinople in the East. It was not until the sixth century CE that the Emperor, Justinian, nominated the bishop of Rome as having ecclesiastical pre-eminence.
"How long O Lord...how long...?"