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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