Pope Peter: Defending the Church's Most Distinctive Doctrine in a Time of Crisis

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The papacy is no stranger to controversy.

In many ways it’s Catholicism’s defining doctrine—but also its most divisive. From medieval pontiffs who acted like princes to a modern pope whose every casual statement sets off a social-media firestorm, there has been plenty for non-Catholics to criticize and for the faithful to feel anxious about.

We profess that Jesus made St. Peter the visible head of his Church on earth and that his successors throughout the ages are guided by the Holy Spirit to govern, teach, and sanctify it. How can we strengthen this belief in the papacy in the face of challenges (both outside the Church and within it) and so strengthen our faith in the One who instituted it?

In Pope Peter, Joe Heschmeyer says that papal flaws are an opportunity to understand what the papacy really means, not to abandon it (or the Church). Drawing deeply on the scriptural and historical witness, he offers a thorough but accessible defense of the papal office and an edifying picture of the extent—and limits—of its authority.

Jesus made Peter the Rock of the Church and promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against it. Pope Peter will confirm your faith in that promise and help you proclaim its truth to others


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Joe Heschmeyer
Softcover Book, 280 pages
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  • 5
    Pope Peter

    Posted by Carla on Oct 9th 2021

    I could not put this wonderful book down. Very well written, logical and brilliant! The author explained difficult passages of the Bible and the importance of having a Christ appointed head of authority over His Church. I purchased additional copies to share with my friends and family - God bless.

  • 5
    One of My Favorites

    Posted by Austin Wright on Mar 17th 2021

    This book brought me to a deeper understanding of the papacy and a newfound love and connection to St. Peter. It feels like the rock of the Church was placed under my feet providing more confidence in the fullness of truth present in the Catholic Church. It's become one of my favorite books. I have been recommending to all of my Protestant and Catholic friends who have questions and struggles.

  • 5
    Papal Primacy

    Posted by Stephen Griffin on Dec 11th 2020

    I strongly recommend that you buy this book - I bought two copies. It is lucidly written - clean, very readable. Great tool for discussing the issue with Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

  • 5
    Not Just The Well Known Arguments

    Posted by Chris Morris on Nov 14th 2020

    As a person that considered himself well versed in the arguments to be made in defense of the Papacy I was reluctant to buy this. I am glad I did as the author does not rely on the traditional defenses of the Papacy. He brings to light a series of other arguments that are equally powerful and then caps them off with the ones we all know. I was humbled and you can ask my wife and she will tell you that is not easy. Thank you Joe for both writing the book and reminding me that no how much you may know there is always more to learn and someone out there to teach you.

  • 5

    Posted by Mark Fiedeldey on Jul 6th 2020

    Awesome. Simply Awesome. Mr. Heschmeyer is an excellent writer. He argues logically based on historical record and reasoning. Which I would expect from a trained litigator. Rock solid and indisputable. Thanks a bunch. Mark

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