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Ulster doesn't need Pope Francis' visit

Published 02/12/2016

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There are many reasons why Northern Ireland does not need the Pope of Rome to set his feet in our country.

The main reason why we don't need Pope Francis in Ulster is because of the claims of the papacy, which are unscriptural and blasphemous.

Pope Leo XIII declared that the Pope holds "upon this Earth the place of God Almighty". Therefore, the Roman Catholic Church holds that the Pope, as the Vicar of Christ on Earth, is ruler of the world, supreme not only over the Roman Church, but over all kings, presidents and civil rulers.

The New York Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "The Pope takes the place of Jesus Christ on Earth ... By divine right, the Pope has supreme and full power in faith and morals over every pastor and his flock. He is the true Vicar of Christ, the head of the entire Church, father and teacher of all Christians ..."

Pope Pius IX said of himself: "Alone, I am the successor of the apostles, the Vicar of Jesus Christ, I am the way the truth and the life."

I am not surprised that the main so-called 'Protestant' churches in Ireland have welcomed this proposed visit. For years now, the Church of Ireland, the Irish Presbyterian Church and the Methodist Church have been courting the Church of Rome, treating her as a Christian church.

It is sad that they have forgotten what their forefathers believed - and, more importantly, what the Bible teaches.

REV JOHN GRAY

Free Presbyterian Church Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh

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