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My Exodus - From Roman Catholicism Paperback – 2011
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The author goes on to say, "Rome had given explicit orders to its theologians and preachers to prove—with all possible means—that the popes had received from God the authority to reign as caesars over the entire ecumenical church.” However, Catholics have never used the title of “Caeser” for their pope, nor in any way associated the office with the office of a Caesar in any document in history. The pope has been given a number of other titles, but they all relate to his priestly office, including “Bishop of Rome,” “Servant of the Servants of God,” “Vicar of Christ,” etc.
So immediately, the author seems to misunderstand the office of the Bishop of Rome. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, "every bishop exercises his ministry from within the episcopal college, in communion with the bishop of Rome (#877). Catholics believe that every bishop receives his authority immediately from Christ, though a bishop may only use that authority in communion with the Bishop of Rome. So the assertion that Catholics would say that St. Paul had no “authentic apostolic authority” would be preposterous.
The rest of the book is no better.