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Papal Authority and the Early Church – Fr. Ray Ryland

Fr. Ray Ryland | February 3, 2015 2 Comments

Fr. Ray Ryland demonstrates that God’s Revelation necessitates authoritative interpretation. He investigates, through Scripture and Early Church documents, the continuous acceptance of the authority of the pope.

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  • Teresa Grodi

    I’ve listened to all of the late Fr. Ray’s Deep in History talks, which all focus on the topic of continuity, several times. I’m very glad I did, because it took a really long time for that thought to sink in. Now, I understand that continuity, as he describes it, is one of the most important things to understand, when understanding the difference between Catholic and Protestant points of view. He refers to a “golden age” that most Protestants refer back to, that they see as the real, true Christian time period, which they then try to recreate. The Catholic Church, rather, comes forth from a living history. It is like the mustard seed, becoming a large tree, not a recreation of something in the past.

  • Teresa Grodi

    I’ve listened to all of the late Fr. Ray’s Deep in History talks, which all focus on the topic of continuity, several times. I’m very glad I did, because it took a really long time for that thought to sink in. Now, I understand that continuity, as he describes it, is one of the most important things to understand, when understanding the difference between Catholic and Protestant points of view. He refers to a “golden age” that most Protestants refer back to, that they see as the real, true Christian time period, which they then try to recreate. The Catholic Church, rather, comes forth from a living history. It is like the mustard seed, becoming a large tree, not a recreation of something in the past.