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Author Collins, Paul, 1940-

Title Upon this rock : the Popes and their changing role / Paul Collins
Published Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 2000


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Description xi, 405 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Machine derived contents note: 1 From the New Testament to Constantine the Great -- 2 The Consolidation of the Papacy -- 3 The Popes in the Early Middle Ages -- 4 Through the Saeculum Obscurum-The Dark Age -- 5 The Medieval Papacy at Its Height -- 6 Avignon and the Great Western Schism -- 7 From the Renaissance to the French Revolution -- 8 The Nineteenth-Century Papacy -- 9 Benedict XV to 1958 -- 10 The Council and Conciliar Popes -- 11 Pope John Paul II -- Conclusion
Summary The papacy is the greatest and longest-lasting institution in the history of the West. In Upon This Rock, Paul Collins describes the evolution of the office of the papacy over the past two millennia, from St. Peter to Pope John Paul II. Other recent histories of the papacy treat it as a political or social phenomenon. Upon This Rock, on the other hand, examines the links between the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament, the interpretations of his teachings by the Apostles, and the changes and developments in the nature and understanding of the papal office under successive bishops of Rome. The role and powers of the holders of the papal office have been redefined many times over the centuries. Paul Collins discusses in detail the attitudes, influences and teachings of each of the Popes and sets them in a historical and cultural context, offering an illuminating account of developments and changes in Catholic teaching, theology and liturgy.--Book jacket flap
Analysis Catholic Church - History
Church history
Papacy - History
Popes - Primacy
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 369-386
Notes Donation. ANU COOP 20120212 Brissenden collection, ANU Library
Signed by author 1 copy. ANU
Subject Catholic Church -- History.
Papacy -- History.
Popes -- Primacy.
LC no. 00341263
ISBN 0522848494
Other Titles Popes and their changing role