to Roman Apologists
Fr. John Whiteford
The links below
are to the texts of online debates I have had over the years with various Roman
Apologists… some of whom I count as personal friends. By their nature, they lack the polish of
conventional essays or articles, but I post them here because over the years I
have found these discussions to be repetitious, and so in order to avoid the
need to cover the same ground over and over again, I decided to organize them
into the format presented here. I have
also included some links to online articles that are relevant.
to Roman claims regarding the Papacy
1: On the See of Peter
2: Ex Cathedra Statements, and Pope Honorius
3: Pope Agatho’s Letter to the 6th
Ecumenical Council, and the Libellus of Hormisdas.
4: The Role of St. Peter and other issues
5: Catholicity and Roman Claims
6: More on quotes from Popes Agatho and Gregory the
the Libellus of Hormisdas see also this forwarded
post from Bill Webster
from various Popes on Honorius and the idea of a Universal Bishop
the question of Orthodoxy and Divorce:
1: The Patristic view of multiple marriages
2: Divorce and the Ecumenical Canons
3: A Further response
4: The conclusion
St. Maximus and the
abuse of his memory by Roman Apologists
presided over the Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15?
The Primacy of St.
John: A Response to the misuse of quotes from Scripture, the Fathers, and the
Services, which seek to argue for Papal claims.
28 Canon of the Council of Chalcedon:
often mention that the Pope at the time Chalcedon
did not accept the 28th canon.
They almost never mention the following facts:
the Seventh Ecumenical with the approval of the Papal Legates gave a general
sanction to all the canons accepted by the Trullan
Synod. And finally in 1215 the Fourth Council of the Lateran in its Vth Canon
acknowledged Constantinople's rank as immediately after Rome,
but this was while Constantinople was in the
hands of the Latins! Subsequently at Florence the second rank, in accordance
with the canons of I. Constantinople and of Chalcedon (which had been an hulled
by Leo) was given to the Greek Patriarch of Constantinople, and so the
opposition of Rome gave way after seven centuries and a half, and the Nicene
Canon which Leo declared to be "inspired by the Holy Ghost" and
"valid to the end of time" (Ep. cvi.), was set at nought by Leo's
successor in the Apostolic See” NPNF2, p.290.
See the above link for more.
The Quinisext Council
other articles of interest
Articles for Roman
Catholic Inquirers. From the Orthodox Christian Information
The Papacy, by
The False Decretals. Examples of Roman Forgeries used to defend
The History of the Filioque, by
A summary of the
contents of a video documentary of Roman involvement in the inter-religious
movement (at the end, there are links that will take you to where you can order
a copy, and see it for yourself).
The Vatican and
Russia. If you have ever wondered
why the Orthodox are cautious in their dealings with Rome – read this.
A Note for
Evangelicals Considering Rome.
Some Articles by William Webster
Note: William Webster is a Protestant
apologist, and I by no means agree with everything he says in the following
articles. However, he does point out
some historical information that makes these articles worth reading.
· The Church Fathers' Interpretation of the Rock of Matthew 16:18 An Historical Refutation of the
Authority Claims of Roman Catholicism Includes a Critique of Jesus, Peter and the Keys
· A Refutation of the Misrepresentations of the Writings of William Webster and of the Church
Fathers by Roman Catholic, Stephen Ray, in His Book Upon This Rock
· The Papacy: A Second Response to Stephen Ray. A Refutation of the Misrepresentations of Steve
Ray of the Teaching of Cyprian and of the Comments of William Webster
· The Papacy: A Third Response to Stephen Ray. An Examination of Stephen Ray's Rebuttal to the
Web Page Articles of William Webster and a Refutation of His Misrepresentations of the Teachings
of Vatican I and the Writings of Augustine and John Chrysostom
· The Papacy: A Response to Roman Catholic, Scott Windsor. A Response to Scott Windsor' s
Rebuttal to William Webster's Response to Stephen Ray on the Teaching of Vatican I and
· The Papacy and the Doctrine of Development. The Repudiation of the Doctrine of Development as
it Relates to the Papacy by Vatican I and Pope Leo XIII
· An Ecumenical Council Officially Condemns a Bishop of Rome for Heresy. Historical Facts Proving
That the Bishops of Rome Are not Infallible and Were Never Considered So by the Early Church
· Forgeries and the Papacy. The Historical Influence and Use of Forgeries in Promotion of the
Doctrine of the Papacy
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