Recently, one of my online friends mentioned that a RC historian (apolagist?) named William La Due wrote a book called “The Chair of Saint Peter: A history of the Papacy”. In the book, La Due discusses all the different types/forms of church government that existed in the early church. He explains the lack of evidence for Peter being the first Pope and how this story developed over time. He shares the historical facts of the “development of the Papacy”. He also has a licentiate in theology from the Gregorian University in Rome, and a doctorate in canon law from the Lateran University. He taught at St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee and Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He is a former priest and was laicized in 1976.
This man is very knowledgeable, and being a former RC theologian, he has strong credentials that stress his views about the papacy. How do you address something as demanding as this? I’m not trying to put anyone on the spot, but is this book just a work of a Liberal theologian, or does it have substance to it?:coffeeread: