Was St. Peter Bishop of Rome?
In his book The Future of the Catholic Church with Pope Francis, Garry Wills states that there is no evidence before AD 100 that there was any bishop in Rome. He also writes, “The idea of the primacy of Peter was first tried by Pope Stephen (254- 57)” but was denied in the East. Wills later asserts, “Where records were lacking, they were simply made up.” Is that true?
Block under Jesus’ Feet
Some crucifixes have a block under Jesus’ feet, and others do not. What purpose did that block serve?
Suffering from Natural
Father, I understand your answer in
that we, humans, are responsible for
our own actions (June, “Is God Missing
in Action?”). We inflict a lot of
pain and suffering on one another.
However, there is a lot of pain, suffering,
and all kinds of abuse that is
not the result of human decisions.
What about hurricanes, tornadoes,
floods, and all forms of natural
disasters? We do not and cannot
control nature; only God can do
that. And perhaps only God can
answer this question. Why do you
think God inflicts such natural disasters
on many innocent, God-loving
people? This isn’t Sodom and
Gomorrah, or is it?
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