Can it be proven? Or, for that matter, disproven? In any case, why should we believe/disbelieve it?
Is it true popes have been removed from the line of succession because it has been proven that they did not exist, or for any reason, really?
If it CAN be proven, could someone PLEASE give me an article supporting it? If it can be disproven, please do likewise.
How does one justify papal corruption, clear in the Middle Ages, and alledged indifference in regards to Leo X during the abuse of indulgences, formally repented of at Trent?
(To save creating ANOTHER thread, in your opinions, does it detract from our reliance on Christ for understanding if we do actually have a perfect doctrine out there?)
Know that this is far from accusatory. I have genuinely been confused/distressed by such questions lately. I feel like perhaps the Catholic Faith is where I belong, but simultaneously everyone keeps trying to convince me otherwise (my church, my mother, my friends, you name it!).
My friend/pastor said to me in regards to papal succession:
“If *that’*s succession, then God help us! If that’s Truth, then we’re all in trouble! Look into it for yourself …”
He recommended “counterpoint” articles/books on different Catholic issues as an unbiased source, but I haven’t been able to find any and am not sure what they are.
I’m very confused … very, very confused. Please help!