Traditional Anglo-Papist

17 May 2006

The Early Papacy

I am reading The Early Papacy: To the Synod of Chalcedon in 451 by Adrian Fortescue. It is, in part, written against the Anglo-Papist position which Fortescue calls the Romanising section of the High Church group.

Of great interest is the summary of the rights of the Pope in Chapter 3 What are the Papal Claims?:
What we believe about the rights of the Pope is contained in these four points: (1) The Pope is the chief bishop, primate and leader of the whole Church of Christ on earth. (2) He has episcopal jurisdiction over all members of the Church. (3) To be a member of the Catholic Church a man must be in communion with the Pope. (4) The providential guidance of God will see to it that the Pope shall never commit the Church to error in any matter of religion.


  • I was unaware of that book by Dr Fortescue, and shall have to get it.

    His first and second points seem uncontroversial, and I would think that all Anglo-Papalists would agree, at least in theory.

    His fourth point needs some unpacking. It seems to go even further than the First Vatican Council did in terms of the guarantees of infallibility.

    His third point is generally true, but Dominus Iesus tells us that even non-Catholics can be imperfectly united to the Catholic Church, as the Orthodox, some Old Catholics, and some Anglicans are.

    By Blogger Paul Goings, at Tuesday, May 23, 2006 2:28:00 AM  

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