posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 07:08 PM
reply to post by Theophorus
"Wasn't it Jesus himself who founded the Catholic church? Didn't he form the churches hierarchy?
Didn't he make Peter the head of his church, then the apostles, then the disciples?"
Oh, heavens no! You really should research the history of the origins of the Roman Catholic Church and the office of the Pope.
The Church of Jerusalem started on the day of Pentecost. From there, Christianity spread rapidly to the major cities of the Middle East. Among the
first centers of Christianity, after Jerusalem, were Antioch, Ephesus, Alexandria, and Rome. For the first 400 years or so, Rome was quite Orthodox
– in every sense. Then, as a result of differences in language, political circumstances, and geography, they began to change. The Bishops of Rome
(Popes) started lusting after more and more political power. Unhappy with being recognized as “first among equals” by their fellow Bishops in
Jerusalem, Antioch, Alexandria, and Constantinople (and also Ephesus,) the Bishops of Rome began to demand that the church recognize them as the
“supreme Bishop” of the whole Church. Toward the end of the 6th century, a council of Western Bishops (under Rome) changed the traditional church
doctrine to read that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father AND THE SON (”Filioque” in Latin.) The Eastern Orthodox churches objected that this
destroyed the doctrine of the Trinity by undermining the Personhood of the Holy Spirit. It made the Holy Spirit merely a force generated by the
interaction of the Father and the Son. Rome would not listen. Their faith in the Holy Spirit began to erode, and it showed in their doctrine. Unsure
of the Holy Spirit’s ability to guide the Church, Rome continued to falsely boost the centralized power of the Papacy. In time they came to believe
the Pope to be infallible in matters of doctrine. Unsure of the Holy Spirit’s ability to pray with us and for us, they elevated Mary and the Saints
to almost be a means of “getting around Jesus.” The Eastern Orthodox churches objected, Rome would not listen. In 1054 the crisis came to a head.
A Papal legate, in a fit of anger over the Orthodox church’s “refusal” to acknowledge the Pope’s inflated claims and warped doctrine,
excommunicated the Patriarch of Constantinople. The Patriarch then in turn excommunicated the Pope. Efforts were made to reconcile. But the Pope would
not give up his claims to power, and the Orthodox Church would not compromise on their doctrine. Rome went independent. Unchecked by any kind of
“peer review” by the Eastern Patriarchs, Rome’s theological innovations proceeded unchecked. Within 500 years after this, the doctrines of the
RCC became so warped that they incited a revolution – the Protestant Reformation. Rome still retains some external customs which identify them as a
former member of the Orthodox community, But at their core, they departed from Orthodox Christianity long ago.