18 Non-Catholic Church Historians who Speak to the Papal Claims of Pope St. Leo the Great (400-461)

18 Non-Catholic Church Historians who Speak to the Papal Claims of Pope St. Leo the Great (400-461)

Erick Ybarra

Pope_Leo_I Pope St. Leo I

It has been common knowledge that Pope St. Leo the Great occupies a special place in the 5th century Christian Church. In particular, his special claims to hold the authority of the Apostle Peter towards the universal Church has been one of the most distinctive characteristics of his writings. Although this is not a matter of controversy in historical scholarship, in my goings back-and-forth with the Eastern Orthodox on the history of the Councils of Ephesus 449 and Chalcedon 451, there has been ahabit ofdownplaying what Leo thought of the Papal-office on the part of my interlocutors. But as the data of his claims becomes more revealed, I find that what is often said back comes sort of like, ‘Who cares what Leo said’? I’ve even heard that Leo was habitually making false self-aggrandizing claims about the power of his position. There are also…

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  1. Yes, I’m one of those who says, “WHO CARES what Leo had to say”.
    And if you don’t believe he made self-aggradizing claims about himself, then let’s look to the ultimate example: Boniface VIII.
    B-8 decreed that it was “altogether necessary for salvation that every human creature be subject to the Roman Pontiff” (in his ludicrous, “Unam Sanctam”).
    That is a LIE.  The name  “Jesus” means, “Jehovah saves”, and “Christ” means “anointed”.  Thus no one and nothing else other than He has been anointed with the authority to save sinners.  Again,  “There is salvation in NO ONE ELSE, for there is NO OTHER NAME under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).  The word “name” there means, “authority”.  Ergo, there is no other delegated authority, be it pope, priest or pauper, which God has appointed to save (contra, “Unam Sanctam” and  Vatican-1 which says we “MUST believe”  that the Roman Pontiff possesses primacy over the whole world, otherwise salvation is forfeited — (“On the Power & Nature of the Primacy of the Roman Pontiff”, ch. 3).  

    The abysmal theology of Boniface, eviscerates, contradicts and nullifies the pristine merits of Christ alone.  To assert that we ought to bow to the NAME of the pope and make papal subordination the quintessential element for entry into heaven, makes each and every Pope a pompous fool, an heretical monster and of course, a glorified windbag.
    Indeed, to allege that salvation is contingent on papal subordination is “overselling the gospel” by virtue of ADDING to it, and thus UNDER-DELIVERS, by becoming  “another gospel” which saves no one  (2 Cor 11:4).
    Catholics are oblivious to the fact that SALVATION IS IN A PERSON! “For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord” (2 Cor 4:5). “Behold, thy King cometh unto thee…having SALVATION… riding upon a colt” (Zech 9:9). “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid; for the Lord is my strength and my song; He is become my salvation.” (Isa 12:2)
    Therefore, if salvation comes to us at all, it MUST come from a source outside of ourselves because, “HEEEE  is mighty to save” (Isa 63:1).  We are not told that the church is mighty to save, or that good works are MTS, or the Pope is MTS, or that baptism is MTS, or that anything else is MTS. Simeon picked up the babe and said, “Now let me depart in peace for I have SEEN thy salvation.”    

    When Jesus appeared to them in the boat, walking on water,  Peter asked to join him and put his feet out into the ocean. But he quickly lost focus on Jesus and turned his attention to the stormy wind, and he began to sink.  If we likewise, focus on papal subordination and our good works to get to heaven (CCC 1821) we too will be sunk.

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