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The Early Papacy: To the Synod of Chalcedon in 451 [Paperback]

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Pages   121
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.02" Width: 5.39" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2008
Publisher   Ignatius Press
ISBN  1586171763  
EAN  9781586171766  

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Edited by Alcuin Reid Adrian Fortescue, a British apologist for the Catholic faith in the early part of the 20th century, wrote this classic of clear exposition on the faith of the early Church in the papacy based upon the writings of the Church fathers until 451. No ultramontanist, Fortescue can be a keen critic of personal failings of various Popes, but he shows through his brilliant assessment of the writings of the Church fathers that the early Church had a clear understanding of the primacy of Peter and a belief in the divinely given authority of the Pope in matters of faith and morals. Referring to the famous passage in Matthew 16:18 where Jesus confers his authority upon Peter as the head of the Apostles, and the first Pope, Fortescue says that, while Christians can continue to argue about the exact meaning of that passage from Scripture, and the various standards that are used for judgments about correct Christian teaching and belief, "the only possible real standard is a living authority, an authority alive in the world at this moment, that can answer your difficulties, reject a false theory as it arises and say who is right in disputed interpretations of ancient documents." Fortescue shows that the papacy actually seems to be one of the clearest and easiest dogmas to prove from the early Church. And it is his hope through this work that it will contribute to a ressourcement with regard to the office of the papacy among those in communion with the Bishop of Rome, and that it will assist those outside this communion to seek it out, confident that it is willed by Christ for all who would be joined to him in this life and in the next.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Canon J.B.OConnell ( d. 1977). Ceremonial and rubrics were his life's work and on the death of Adrian Fortescue in 1923, he was asked to prepare the third edition of this book. Over the next forty years he prepared a further nine editions. Canon OConnell was a secular priest of the Menevia Diocese. Alcuin Reid, author of "The Organic Development of the Liturgy, " is a leading international liturgical scholar. He lives in Southern France where he serves in the Catholic Diocese of Frejus-Toulon.""

Adrian Fortescue was born in 1874 and died in 1923.

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Fortescue argues the essential Catholic doctrines of the early understanding of the papacy with great authority and learning. This reviewer found much I didn't know and reinforced many things I knew but could never have said so elegantly. The volume is detailed and comprehensive but mercifully short, and not full of jargon -- it was witten at a time when brevity and style were still in favor. If you're curious about the traditions and customs of the early Catholic church and the pope, this is the book you need.
Good introduction to the topic  May 22, 2008
This book is a brief defense of the papacy from common patristic sources prior to the Council of Chalcedon in 451. Fortescue wrote this book as a response to Anglicans and the date 451 was chosen because of the seemingly arbitrary inconsistency of Anglicans in the date ranges they will accept evidence from for something being a "practice of the Ancient Church." Depending on the time of day and the Anglican in question those of a mind to accept patristic evidence accept the first two, three, four or seven Ecumenical Councils or any number in-between. Most all accept Chalcedon so it was used as the criteria by the Anglicans Fortescue was responding to.

This book is a good introduction to the patristic evidence for and a very good explanation of the disputed papal powers. Fortescue does a good job of explaining how the big question is really the universal jurisdiction of the pope and how the primacy (less disputed) and infallibility (very disputed) stem from it. Because this book was written toward Anglicans the quoted Fathers are probably too Western for use with the Eastern Orthodox. At the same time the brevity will probably not convince an obstinate Anglican either. However, it does give a good explanation and introduction on the subject and is a good place to start for those who have honest questions on the matter and especially for those ignorant of the most common ancient sources.

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