Monday, October 18, 2010

Review: We Have a Pope: 2000 Years of Preserving the Faith

First, let me say that I really enjoy Steve Ray's apologetics books and videos.  This booklet, We Have a Pope: 2000 Years of Preserving the Faith, is a great example of what I like best about Ray's work:  he has a quirky sense of humor and a way with words that is only excelled by his deep love and understanding of the Catholic faith. 

We Have a Pope is a short booklet ... only 32 pages ... but each page gives a clear and concise (often with just a touch of humor) explanation for the question asked.  The topics discussed include:
  • why do we need a pope
  • who instituted the papacy
  • why Peter
  • what's so important about a name change
  • what authority did Peter have
  • who actually led the early Church
  • Rome, not Jerusalem or Antioch
  • how do we know that Peter had successors
  • how were successors chosen
  • what does "papal primacy" mean
  • did the early Church think the pope had primacy
  • what about the pope's titles
  • what does the pope do
  • do Catholics always have to agree with the pope
  • infallibility
  • if popes sin, how can we trust what they say
  • should the pope matter to non-Catholics
  • why the pope should matter to you
These questions are all clearly answered, making this a great booklet to have on hand for answering Catholics and non-Catholics alike when they question the papacy.  Ray (and his co-writer, R. Dennis Walters) quotes scripture extensively to prove their arguments when answering the above questions.  It's hard to refute scripture and Ray is a master as using the Bible to elucidate Catholic truths.

This is one of those booklets that should be in every home and Catholic classroom.  Many people (both Catholic and non-) just really don't understand who the Pope is and why we must follow his teachings on faith and morals, why we have a Pope at all. 

Boy, 32 pages sure can pack a punch!

Disclaimer:  This review was written as part of the Catholic book reviewer program from The Catholic Company. Visit The Catholic Company to find more information on We Have a Pope and be sure to check out their great selection of baptism gifts while you are there.

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