- Neon Nettle: Pope Francis commissioned a shocking four-book study in 2010 as archbishop of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires attacking child abuse victims and defending a pedophile priest convicted of raping a young boy.
In 2010, Francis, who was known as Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, requested a lawyer and jurist by the name of Marcelo Sancinett to carry out a 2,600-page study consisting of four volumes for the Argentinian Episcopal Conference to ‘discredit’ child abuse victims of pedophile priest Father Julio César Grassi.
Within the study, the volumes accused child abuse victims of being “false accusers” and claimed they were only accusing pedophile priest as a way of projecting their own sexual desire to Grassi, who was convicted of raping a boy at his Happy Children Foundation (organization for rescuing homeless children).
Grassi’s foundation even generated millions of dollars in donations each year. more …
Opinion: Canon Law Act 1 The Roman Pontiff:
Can. 331 The bishop of the Roman Church, in whom continues the office given by the Lord uniquely to Peter, the first of the Apostles, and to be transmitted to his successors, is the head of the college of bishops, the Vicar of Christ, and the pastor of the universal Church on earth. By virtue of his office he possesses supreme, full, immediate, and universal ordinary power in the Church, which he is always able to exercise freely.
- 3. No appeal or recourse is permitted against a sentence or decree of the Roman Pontiff.
Since the Roman church claims Peter as the head of the apostles and its first pontiff with full apostolic authority, there is no provision for removal from office.
So is apostolic succession Biblical?
The short answer is no. A look at the qualifications of the apostles reveal they would not have successors. An apostle had to be an eye-witness of Christ (Acts 1:15-26). Paul defended his apostleship by saying, “Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord?” (1 Cor. 9:1).
While the concept of apostolic succession is not found in Scripture what is found in Scripture is that Peter himself warned against heresy:
“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction” 2 Peter 2:1.
Then there is the issue of whether Peter was ever in Rome?
The earliest testimony to the apostle Peter’s presence in Rome is a letter from a Christian deacon named Gaius. Writing probably toward the end of the second century AD—so, around 170 or 180 C.E.— Gaius tells about the wondrous things in Rome, including something called a tropaion (monument) where Peter established a church—in fact, the Church, the Roman Catholic church at the site where St. Peter’s Basilica is today.
Interestingly, the Bible says nothing about Peter ever traveling to Rome. When the gospels end, Peter is in Jerusalem. It’s the same in the Book of Acts. The apostle Paul, in his letters, also talks about meeting Peter in the eastern Mediterranean. After Jesus’ death, Paul says that Jesus’ brother, James, and Peter are the co-leaders of the “church,” or assembly, of Jesus-followers in Jerusalem. In short, there is no early textual evidence for Peter in Rome. (source)
Jesus tells us that the gates of hell will not prevail against His church. If pedophilia isn’t from the pit of hell, I don’t know what is.
The true church of Jesus Christ will teach what the Scriptures teach and will compare all doctrines and practices to Scripture in order to determine what is true and right. The true church is the only church that is shown an ‘open door’ and will be kept out of the tribulation (Revelation 3:10).