Now, dont get my wrong. I love my Orthodox brethren as much as I love my Protestant brethren....Okay, maybe the Orthodox a little bit more. :p ;) :p
But I have been dealing over and over with topics on how the Pope doesn't have his authority and he is first among equals.
Some good refutes I have pulled out is that Jesus established the Church upon Peter and Peter alone has the keys to the kingdom of Heaven...Also Jesus tells peter alone to feed his sheep.
But like Matt. 18:18 says, all the bishops have the authority to bind and loose. The Catholic Church stated that one must be under the Pope to have this authority, the Orthodox think otherwise.
Can someone give me some (Pre 1054) Early Church Writings and/or some scriptures to help me.
It's because of this sole problem that every time in Mass, I kneel and see my priest hands consecrate the host and think, is it really happening? Is this is the true church? When I should be focused on adoration of the Holy Eucharist!
Orthodox Answers are fine too, but I rather much have Catholic answers. I will look at both.