My Exodus from Roman Catholicism by His Grace Bishop of Nazianzus Paul de Ballester
As one who grew up Roman Catholic and slowly realized her errors, this hits home. It is a fairly quick read online and brings up some excellent points. It gets the ball rolling so to speak. It is more of a memoir with some great historical points and statements from the fathers. Not exhaustive, but to the point.
My post is not to inflame anyone who may be Roman Catholic, anything but that. However we should be honest in what we believe and if ignorant of what we ascribe to, we should have some knowledge as it pertains to our very salvation, a most precious gift.
Papal primacy is erroneous and especially today where Popes can speak, write and act in error and hide behind the fact that it was not an "infallible" statement just adds to the confusion. The blasphemous notions echoed in papism which eerily resemble perhaps the very pride of the evil one are too numerous to list, but here are a few:
"Though unworthy, We take the place of God on earth" - Pope Benedict XIV “Jesus has placed the pope higher than the prophets, than John the Baptist, and than all the angels”“Jesus has put the Pope on the same level as God Himself!”- John Bosco [1815-1888] Meditazioni, Vol. 1: 2nd ed., pp. 89-90. 'The pope is not only the representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ Himself, hidden under the veil of the flesh. Does the pope speak? It is Jesus Christ who speaks. Does the pope accord a favor or pronounce an anathema? It is Jesus Christ who accords the favour or pronounces that anathema. So that when the pope speaks we have no business to examine.' - Pope Pius X
"The Pope is...the man on earth who represents the Son of God, who 'takes the place' of the Second Person of the omnipotent God of the Trinity.”-Pope John Paul II, Crossing the Threshold of Hope “We hold upon this earth the place of God Almighty." –Pope Leo XIII
Unfortunately these are not rare statements. Forgive me for being blunt, but the notion of the Pope being “the vicar of Christ” as interpreted by the west is not apostolic by any means.