My girlfriend is protestant and she has a major problem with the Pope and his teaching authority. I’m not really sure how to approach the subject. She has no problem believing that Peter was an important person, but what she argues about is how the succession after him is legitimate. She falls back on the theory that no where in the bible does it say that Peter has the power to pass on that special ability that Christ gave him. She also points out that the Pope is human, and that there is no way that he can be infallible because of that, and also that since the Pope is “elected” by humans there is room for error.
I really never know what to say or better yet, how to say it. I’m working on a letter to her and her family regarding Tradition in the Church, and if it sinks in and they accept it, it might make it easier…I just don’t know. Any suggestions?