Download PDF by John W. O'Malley: A History of the Popes: From Peter to the Present

By John W. O'Malley

ISBN-10: 1580512283

ISBN-13: 9781580512282

A heritage of the Popes tells the tale of the oldest residing establishment within the Western world—the papacy. From its origins in Saint Peter, Jesus' leader disciple, via Pope Benedict XVI this day, the popes were key gamers in almost all the nice dramas of the western international within the final thousand years. Acclaimed church historian John W. O'Malley's attractive narrative examines the 265 people who have claimed to be Peter's successors. instead of describe every one pope one after the other, the publication makes a speciality of the popes that formed pivotal moments in either church and global historical past. the writer doesn't turn away from controversies within the church, and comprises legends like Pope Joan and a complete checklist of popes and antipopes to aid readers get a whole photograph of the papacy.

This at the same time reverent but severe booklet will entice readers attracted to either faith and historical past because it chronicles the saints and sinners who've led the Roman Catholic Church during the last 2000 years. the writer attracts from his renowned audio CD lecture sequence at the subject, 2,000 Years of Papal historical past, on hand via Now you recognize Media (

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They declared that the definitive Latin text of the Scriptures—Latin, of course, being the language of the liturgy and of general communication within the Church at that time—was to be a translation known as the Vulgate. This translation had originally been made largely by St Jerome at the end of the fourth century, but over the hundreds of years of manuscript transmission the text had become corrupted. In the aftermath of the Council of Trent it was revised and for centuries became the standard version of the Bible for Catholics.

Until the encyclical of Pius XII just mentioned, all translations into modern languages had to be made on the basis of the Vulgate, rather than from the more original Hebrew or Greek. The adoption of the Septuagint rather than the Hebrew version of the Bible, and the insistence at Trent that translations could only be made on the basis of the Vulgate, effectively meant that Catholics used a different version of the Bible from non-Catholics (though unsurprisingly 36 AUTHORITY —because after all they used Greek rather than Latin—Orthodox Christians also accepted the Septuagint collection of writings).

The term is still used in Greece of parish priests, and from the third century onwards right across the Christian PEOPLE 47 Church it was used of all bishops, naturally including the bishop of Rome. ‘Pappas’ has, however, a slightly ‘familiar’ feel to it, and it was only from the eighth century, when the Greek language had ceased to be used in the West, that the bishops of Rome began to use it of themselves in official documents. In the eleventh century Pope Gregory VII instructed that the term be applied to the Bishops of Rome alone, and to no one else.

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