Excerpt from The Contributor, Vol. 6: June, 1885
The relics of this ancient form are extant in a scattered and corrupt con dition, here a little, and there a little, throughout the churches of Christendom. The Pope of Rome, whom so many mil lions reverence as the vicegerent of Christ on earth, and who claims to be the successor of St. Peter, an Apostle, is in reality the successor of an apostate Bishop, who usurped the presidency of the Christian Church after the rightful incumbent of the oﬂice had fallen asleep in death.
The Bishop of Rome and the Bishop of Constantinople were among those left in office, or who succeeded thereto, after the death of the Apostles. Like most of our Bishops, to-day, they were (io-ordinate in authority, but both being anxious to excel, and the times being favorable for such efforts, they began to contend as to which was the greater, and to strive for the spiritual supremacy. A schism was the result, and thus originated the Roman Catholic Church, with the Bishop of Rome at its head.
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