To: Emperor Palpatine
Or rioted in the streets because someone insulted St Peter?
Peter wasn't a "Catholic", but Constantine was.
posted on 09/18/2012 12:28:09 PM PDT
(America: Once the land of the free. Still the home of the brave.)
Peter was the first pope.
posted on 09/18/2012 12:29:42 PM PDT
by Emperor Palpatine
("On the ascent of Olympus, what's a botched bar or two?" -Artur Schnabel)
Actually, Constantine was baptized by an Arian bishop, who proceeded to persecute defenders of the Council of Nicaea after the emperor died.
Eusebius of Nicomedia
posted on 09/18/2012 12:33:16 PM PDT
(Viva Cristo Rey!)
The historic record does not substantiate your claim. Constantine was not even baptized until he was on his deathbed, and then by an Arian bishop, Eusebius of Nicomedia, not a Catholic. Whether he considered himself being in communion with the Bishop of Rome is debatable.
True, baptism is baptism. He was baptized. But calling Constantine a Catholic in the sense you mean is, shall we say, off on a tangent.
As for St. Peter, to him was granted the power of the keys, whose high significance is foreshadowed in Isaiah 22 (Link). It's worth reading. The Lord God bestowed authority in the King's house ("master of the palace"), upon a man appointed to be "a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah". The Lord says, "I will place the key of the House of David on his shoulder; when he opens, no one shall shut, when he shuts, no one shall open."
This OT type was fulfilled with Peter:
"I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven." (Matthew 16:19)
Which is why Peter is always listed as the first Pope, before Linus, Clement, Cletus, Sixtus, some 13 or 14 Popes before Constantine was even born.
posted on 09/18/2012 2:00:16 PM PDT
by Mrs. Don-o
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