About this Episode
The role of the pope is one of the most questioned and misunderstood aspects of the Catholic Church. What does it mean to say that the pope is infallible? That there is an unbroken succession that goes back to St. Peter? With a little help from the Early Church Fathers, Scott Hahn explores the biblical basis of the papacy and the role of the Holy Father in shepherding the Church.
As you’ll see in this episode, though the words “papacy” and “pope” never appear in Scripture, the concept is outlined clearly throughout the Old and New Testaments. If you’d like to learn more about how to read God’s plan for us in Scripture, start with the premiere Catholic Bible study Genesis to Jesus.
A great resource for learning more about frequently misunderstood Catholic beliefs is Scott Hahn’s Answering Common Objections, a set of talks on important Catholic tenets, from Mary to the pope to purgatory.
Also check out Scott Hahn’s popular book Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain, and Defend the Catholic Faith. This book unravels mysteries, corrects misunderstandings, and offers thoughtful, straightforward responses to common objections about the Catholic faith.