The Development of the Roman Catholic Church Essay

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To speak of the development of the Roman Catholic Church, is as if to retell the entire story of creation, all the way from Genesis to present day, and even into the future; because “Ecclesia semper reformanda est” or “the Church is always reforming itself” and, “Every valley must be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low.” Therefore, it is best to look at a certain point in the life of this particular religion, which, since “the Church is always reforming itself”, is not yet complete. The life of the Church is not a dull, repetitive life; but a fascinating, sustained life; one that is similar to the history of a rightful country which is in eternal war with an undying, persistent enemy who delights in masking its …show more content…

To begin this work, he chose to leave them, “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.” So, the disciples set out across the world to proclaim to different nations in their own tongues and the Word of God was spread. However, as Bishop Mark J. Seitz of El Paso has noted, eventually, a sort of headquarters must be set up, so that there is an order to this religion that is still in its official birth; and that, is where the Papacy comes in to play. The papacy was another indirect action of the Savior. He told Peter, “Feed my lambs,” emphasizing his point by repeating, “Tend my sheep,” and made Peter realize the importance of what he was saying by repeating yet again, “Feed my sheep.” And in such manner, he made it clear that he wanted Peter to take on the responsibility Jesus had not so subtly implied was Peter’s for the taking. God was wise in his decisions once again, and had chosen Peter to be the ‘Prince of the Apostles’ for a reason, because the good (new) Catholic was obedient and took up his cross, becoming the first Pope ever. According to Bishop Mark J. Seitz, even if Jesus hadn’t made it clear that he was to lead his people, the apostles would’ve known and would’ve understood and probably would’ve let him become the first “Bishop of

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