Friday, April 18, 2008

Pope Benedict
Since Herr Ratzinger has deigned to grace us with his presence, I thought it would be interesting to reflect back on the time when many of our ancestors left the catholic church and became protestants.
The Papal Jurisdiction Act: "Concerning the jurisdictioune and autoritie of the bischope of Rome callit the paip", passed by the Scottish Parliament in 1560:

In the Parliament haldin at edinburgh the tent day of Julij the yeir of God JmVc&lx yeiris and thairefter continewit to the first day of august nixt thaireftir following with continewatioune of dayis vpoun the tuenty foir day of the said monethe of august The thre estaitis then being present vnderstanding that the Jurisdictioune and autoritie of the bischope of Rome callit the paip vsit within this realme in tymes bipast hes bene verray hurtful and preiudiciall to our soueranis autoritie and commone weill of this realme Thairfoir hes statute and ordanit that the bischope of Rome haif na Jurisdictioun nor autoritie within this realme in tymes cuming

And from the Westminster Confession of Faith:

There is no other head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ. Nor can the Pope of Rome, in any sense, be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalts himself, in the Church, against Christ and all that is called God.

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