Faithlife Corporation


As the head of the Catholic Church, the pope is the leader of the faithful. But for non-Catholics, the papacy is one of the most difficult aspects of Catholicism. “Why does the Catholic Church have a pope?” “Is his authority legitimate?” From often-misunderstood concepts such as papal infallibility to the unbroken and irrefutable connection between Peter and today’s pope, this guide will provide you with the answers to common difficulties. You’ll find detailed and fascinating explanations of the evolution of papal responsibilities, the history of the office, and the vital importance of the Holy Father throughout 2000 years of history—especially in today’s world. You’ll also learn:

• Why we need a pope

• Who instituted the papacy

• Why Peter was chosen as Christ’s successor

• The importance of a name change

• The authority held by Peter

• Who led the early Church

• Why the seat of Peter is located in Rome

• How we know that Peter had successors

• What papal primacy means

• And much more!

Author Bio

Stephen K. Ray converted to the Catholic Church from a Baptist background in 1994, after an in-depth study of the writings of the Church Fathers. He is the host of the popular, award-winning film series on salvation history, The Footprints of God. Steve is the author of the bestselling books St. John’s Gospel and Upon This Rock. He is a popular conference and retreat speaker, has been a guest radio speaker, and made appearances EWTN.