Early Christian doctrine of Vicarius Christi – but… but…

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...
Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“For we, brethren, receive both Peter and the other apostles as Christ; but we reject intelligently the writings falsely ascribed to them, knowing that such were not handed down to us.

By now, Jim’s head has exploded. This is really no different than what Ignatius and Cyprian has said. Where the Bishops are… there is Christ.

Odd, however, to see Peter singled out first.

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One Reply to “Early Christian doctrine of Vicarius Christi – but… but…”

  1. The fact that Peter is mentioned first is less important than the context – “receive both Peter AND THE OTHER apostles as Christ”. So, Peter is not more “Christ” than the other apostles, they share it in common rather than degree. Peter’s mention first is interesting in testifying to a precedence of honour not function.

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