Friday, February 18

Successor of... St. Paul?

Following on the heels of the announcement of the discovery of St. Paul's Tomb in Rome (more info here), I can't help but wonder whether the Popes should make a bigger deal over the fact that they are both successor of Peter AND Paul.

Certainly, John Paul II has rivalled Paul's missionary journeys. He has, in fact, in references that I'm not going to spend the time to look up now but have read, openly compared his travels to the legacy of St. Paul which he inherits as the bishop of Rome.

This is not without earlier precedent. For example, in decreeing the feast of Corpus Christi (the Bull Transiturus), Pope Urban IV spoke "in the authority of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul."

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