#13 Have you ever asked why?

…the Pope and priest are said to be vicars of Christ?

Catholic teaching states that as vicars Christ the pope and the priests take the place of our Lord Jesus Christ:

“The official title of the pope is:’ His Holiness the pope, bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ on earth, Successor of peter the prince of the apostles, Supreme pontiff of the universal church, Patriarch of the west, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and metropolitan of the roman church province, and sovereign of the temporal dominion of the holy roman Church’.”(Skydsgaard,K.E.,et.al. The Church as the Body of Christ, vol.1.p.7)

“Vicar of Christ: the pope as visible head of the church , acting in place of Christ …”(Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. Catechism for Filipino Catholics, p. 676)

“the priest is another Christ . …”(Hire, Richard P. Our Chistian Faith. P. 154)

BUT ACCORDING TO the bible, no one can take the place of our lord Jesus Christ, for he has a permanent priesthood. He is the same yesterday, Today, Forever:

“But because Jesus lives forever, he has a permanent priesthood. Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to god though him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”(Heb. 7:24-25, New International Version)

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”(Heb. 13:8,Ibid)

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