We do not know why Peter went to Rome. The Church has always maintained, based on historical evidence, that Peter went to Rome, but has never taught why this happened. In speculating on this matter . . .
"Speculating on this matter". There is no speculating in the Church of Rome, because once the "Holy Fathers" have spoken, the matter is settled, there is no more debate. And this matter is settled history. Both Jerome and Eusebius put it to bed. Jerome clearly writes: "Simon Peter . . . pushed on to Rome in the second year of Claudius to overthrow Simon Magus."
What is there left to "speculate" about. Holy Father Jerome says that Simon Peter went there not to preach the Gospel but in order to overthrow Simon Magus [Simon the Magician]. Was Saint Jerome mistaken? Surely the Holy Fathers are never wrong.
posted on 10/28/2006 5:08:11 AM PDT
by Uncle Chip
(The first to present his case seems right until another steps up and questions him)
To: Uncle Chip
"Was Saint Jerome mistaken?"
This is the crux of the problem. St. Jerome lived from 347AD-420AD. How could he assert who was in Rome 300 years before? Did he have tangible proof?
I think it's ironic that Tertullian is sighted as a source since he was persona non grata after he became a Montanist and never was declared a saint.
Relying on "oral history" is not reliable just look at the doctrines concerning Mary.
posted on 10/28/2006 8:18:44 AM PDT
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