This I think is an interesting by our anti-catholic Protestant especially dispensationalist friends. Basically the pope is the antichrist only history is put forward. Essentially the pope is a continuation of the pagan emperors hence the title Pontificus Maximus? Also the roman Curia is the imperial cult. The Holy Roman Empire is essentially the Beast’s kingdom.
I have heard charges along these lines for some time. I am interested in hearing y’all’s refutations. First Pontificus Maximus-this a title for the emperors that had a pagan meaning no? How did the pope get the title and hence Pontiff? Basically how was the title transferred? The college of cardinals and roman Curia or ecclesiastical authority is the imperial cult devoted to him. I am interested in this. Also the Holy Roman Empire and catholic history. The dispensationalists charge is the Pope’s kingdom essentially the Emperor is the beast and Pope sort of false prophet sort of charge. Yes the Holy Roman Empire is gone but a lot Protestants speculate about a European federation that would replace it and be the fourth kingdom Daniel 7 that the antichrist would emerge from. Basically I am looking for refutations to Pontificus Maximus, Curia=imperial cult! and the reich is basically and a satanic empire that the pope is a spokesman or emperor depending on the writer?