The Papacy: Its Historic Origin and Primitive Relations with the

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Its Historic Origin and Primitive Relations with the Eastern Churches

"The Pope is a king, and pretends to be sovereign pontiff of the Christian Church."

It is in these words that the eminent historian and theologian, Fr. Vladimir Guettee, defines the remarkable institution of the Papacy. It is pre­cisely this institution, and the ecclesiology that it necessi­tates, that has for so many centuries caused a rift between East and West.

Dr. Guettee, himself a former Roman Catholic priest, in a sweeping historical work, recounts the development of the papal claims, and with devastating precision counters each argument made by the Ultramontanists, (The belief that papal authority extends "beyond the mountains' (the Alps), i.e., universally over the entire Church.) beginning from the New Testament Church and continuing through the Council of Florence and the policy of Uniatism.

It was precisely the result of his research for this monumental work that led the Abbe Guettee to enter into the fullness of the Orthodox Church, and it has inspired many to follow his example.

Fr. Valdimir said, "I became Orthodox without having read a single book about Orthodoxy, simply having studied the Fathers of the Church, the decrees of the first ecumenical councils, and the incontestable facts of the history of the Church."

Last paragraph from the book;

“You must choose between the two. Are you in favour of the divine doctrine, preserved by the Church? Then you are a Catholic Christian. Are you in favour of the doctrine of the Papacy? Then you are a Papist, but you are not a Catholic. This name only belongs to those, who, in their faith, follow Catholic tradition. That tradition contradicts the Papal system; hence you cannot be a Catholic and accept this system. It is high time to cease playing upon words and to speak distinctly; be a Papist if you will, but do not then call yourself a Catholic. Would you be a Catholic? Be no longer a Papist. There is no possible compromise; for Catholic and Papist are words which mutually deny each other.”

This is a facsimile reproduction of the 1866 English translation.

Colour cover, 104 x 173mm, 382 pages, paperback

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Author Fr. Vladimir (the Abbe Guettee)
Pages 382
Cover Soft
Width (mm) 104
Height (mm) 173

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