The Primacy of the Church of Rome: Documents, Reflections, Proofs

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Margherita Guarducci, acclaimed scholar of ancient literature, extending her research to various disciplines, such as philology, ancient history, archaeology and epigraphy, demonstrates how they contribute toward clarifying and resolving a centuries-old problem: the primacy of the Church of Rome over the other Christian churches. The resulting picture spans over two millennia of history, illuminated by several "primacies" of Christianity, gathered and evaluated together for the first time: ownership of the oldest...
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Overview

Margherita Guarducci, acclaimed scholar of ancient literature, extending her research to various disciplines, such as philology, ancient history, archaeology and epigraphy, demonstrates how they contribute toward clarifying and resolving a centuries-old problem: the primacy of the Church of Rome over the other Christian churches. The resulting picture spans over two millennia of history, illuminated by several "primacies" of Christianity, gathered and evaluated together for the first time: ownership of the oldest Christian basilica (the Lateran Basilica), the oldest portrait of Christ, the oldest icon of Mary, the oldest Christian statue, and, most importantly, the oldest relics that are surely authentic, those of St. Peter in St. Peter's Basilica. In a rigorously scientific way, Guarducci gives evidence of certain concatenations of events that, as if obeying a mysterious design, tend to confirm the primacy of the Church of Rome, the ancient universality of which survives to this day in the spiritual primacy of the Roman "Catholic" -- that is, Universal -- Church. And this survival is guaranteed down through the centuries by the extraordinary presence in the Vatican of the authentic earthly remains of the Apostle whom Christ selected as his vicar on earth.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898709223
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 978,085
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.98 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
1 The Spiritual Primacy of the Church of Rome in Early Christianity 11
1. Rome, the ancient destination of Christian travelers 11
2. The reasons for the primacy and the potentior principalitas of Irenaeus 16
3. Corroboration for the opinion of Irenaeus: The spiritual primacy of the Church of Rome in other documents, between the end of the first and the middle of the third century 23
2 An Interval of Centuries 47
3 The Christian "Primacies" of the Church of Rome 69
1. The oldest "official" Christian basilica: The Lateran basilica 69
2. The oldest portrait of Christ 81
3. The oldest portrait of Mary 93
4. The oldest Christian statue 101
5. The oldest Christian relic that is certainly authentic: The bones of Peter in the Vatican basilica 108
6. The monograms of the union of Christ and Peter 120
4 Rome, Predestined City 127
Appendix Virgil's Fourth Eclogue 141
Conclusions and Final Reflections 145
Index 157
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