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Papacy

 

In Western Europe, Christianity gradually metamorphosed, into humanism.  Over a long period of time and with perseverance, the Divine-Human has steadily been diminishing. He has been changed, He has been narrowed down and finally reduced to a mere man: to the “infallible” man in Rome and the equally "infallible" men in London and Berlin. This is how the Papacy came into being, by stripping Christ of everything, just as Protestantism similarly did, by asking little of Christ, and quite often, nothing at all.

In the Papacy and in Protestantism, man has replaced the Divine-Human Christ, both as the highest value and the highest criterion.

Painstaking and deplorable changes to the Divine-Human's work and teachings have been accomplished.  The Papacy has steadily and persistently been striving to substitute the Divine Man with a mortal man, until finally, in its dogma defining the infallibility of (a mere mortal) the pope, the Divine-Human Christ was once and for all substituted by an ephemeral, "infallible" man; because thanks to this dogma, the pope was decisively and clearly pronounced as being something superior – not only to all men, but even to the holy Apostles, the holy Fathers, and the holy Ecumenical Councils. With this kind of deviation from the Divine-Human Christ, from the ecumenical Church which is the Divine-Human’s organism, the Papacy outdid even Luther, the founder of Protestantism.

Therefore, the first radical protest that was voiced in the name of humanism but against the Divine-Human Christ and his Divine-Human organism—the Church—should be sought in the Papacy, not in Lutheranism. The Papacy is in fact the first and the oldest form of Protestantism.

--Saint Justin (Popovic)

 
   
Source: ancientfaith.com/podcasts/hopko/the_filioque

 

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File published in English on: 4-8-2005.

Last update: 20-3-2011.