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Re: For the Catholics on this forum, what convinced you of the Papacy?
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2017, 12:23:25 AM »
I took the papacy for granted, having been formed a Catholic from my tender youth.  Rather, only when I began studying this institution did I begin to suffer from doubts.

I cannot deny that, having been taught this all my life, led me to understand many statements on the papacy, especially those used by Catholic apologists, as affirming its supremacy.  After having come to understand the distinction between papal primacy and supremacy, a distinction also made by the Roman Church, I found the papal claims to supremacy virtually devoid of scriptural, traditional and historical support.  Rather, the only sources left on papal supremacy were popes themselves.

And this is where I find myself, unconvinced about the papacy as we know it.
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Re: For the Catholics on this forum, what convinced you of the Papacy?
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2017, 09:20:15 AM »
Peter.
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Re: For the Catholics on this forum, what convinced you of the Papacy?
« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2017, 12:16:01 PM »
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Re: For the Catholics on this forum, what convinced you of the Papacy?
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2017, 12:18:56 PM »
If you actually have any real relation to the Roman Catholics.

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Re: For the Catholics on this forum, what convinced you of the Papacy?
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2017, 02:49:14 AM »
I think some Roman Catholics they believe God established the central authority on earth that make everything right.

They think it is necessary to have the God representative on earth, the one leader that we simply follow him and he will lead us to heaven.

 
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Re: For the Catholics on this forum, what convinced you of the Papacy?
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2017, 07:57:15 AM »
Quite simply, I was raised this way and naturally did not question papacy. Now that I think more about it, I would say: Scripture. Church Fathers. History.
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Re: For the Catholics on this forum, what convinced you of the Papacy?
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2017, 11:59:08 AM »
I converted from "basically Southern Baptist" when I was 18 (a while ago, we'll say). I don't know that I was ever convinced of the papacy so much as I accepted it. Compared to the form of Christianity I grew up with, Catholicism seemed so obviously more true that I felt I could just assent to certain things, even if I had not fully reconciled them. I had a classmate who converted to Orthodoxy around the same time I converted to Catholicism; I definitely had the idea that Orthodoxy was an "ethnic" religion, so it wasn't really seriously considered at the time, to my detriment, I believe. As I've unpacked my motives over the years, there was an "ethnic" motive in converting to Catholicism, though my lived experience as a Catholic has revealed any tradition I had hoped I was coming to has been virtually extinguished.
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Re: For the Catholics on this forum, what convinced you of the Papacy?
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2017, 08:14:21 AM »
Believe it or not, most days I don't give the Pope a second thought. He has his job to do just like my town's mayor and me for that matter. The man holding the office doesn't matter. His office matters as part of the church.

That said, I realized that in his job the Pope has only defended the true Christian faith, West and East.
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