The papacy is 1600 years old, not 2000 years old (Triablogue)

How the post begins:

In news accounts concerning the upcoming retirement of Pope Benedict XVI and a new papal conclave, one way to check to see if the particular news outlet you are watching had actually checked its facts is if it maintains that the papacy is a 2000 year old institution.

In fact, the overwhelming preponderance of scholarship on the topic – both Roman Catholic and Protestant – affirm that “the papacy” was a late development in the history of the church.

Written by John Bugay.

via Triablogue: The papacy is 1600 years old, not 2000 years old.

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