Peter’s Toes

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In the Middle Ages, pilgrims who made the arduous trip to Rome to visit St. Peter’s Basilica gazed with fondness and awe upon a larger-than-life bronze statue of St. Peter.  The statue, sculpted by Arnolfo di Cambio in the 13th century, depicted the first pope—his right hand extended to confer a blessing, while his left hand clutched the keys of the Kingdom, holding them close to his heart.But for many pilgrims who snaked, single-file, into the great Basilica, it was Peter’s feet that captur … [Read more...]

God Needed Heroes– But Was This What He Meant?

JUNE 29 - FEAST OF STS. PETER AND PAULThere is an old adage:  “God doesn’t call the qualified; he qualifies the called.”And if you’re looking for a man who proved that by his life, the apostle Peter is your guy.  Peter, you’ll recall, denied Christ three times in the courtyard on Holy Thursday night.  Peter had seen his Master beaten and condemned to death, and he feared the Romans and the Jews who had treated Jesus so cruelly.Poor, bedraggled Peter—fearing for his life, he had three … [Read more...]

Does “Both/And” Theology Rescue Peter and His Keys?

A guest post by Deacon Jerry Schiffer Today is the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time and today’s readings offer a look at a foundational Catholic teaching that is often contested in the rest of the Christian world.At issue is the establishment of Peter as the head of Christ’s Church on earth.  Supporting that premise – from a Catholic standpoint—are the following verses: And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevai … [Read more...]


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