Who are the Popes and how does the Roman Catholic Church define their role? What about the present day Popes? What is the ecumenical significance of the Papacy and what are its prospects in the global world? These and other questions are tackled as Leonardo De Chirico explores the Biblical, historical, and theological fabric of the Papacy.
Leonardo De Chirico has been involved in a church planting project in Rome and is now pastor of the church Breccia di Roma (www.brecciadiroma.it). He is lecturer of Historical Theology at Istituto di Formazione Evangelica e Documentazione (www.ifeditalia.org) and vice-chairman of the Italian Evangelical Alliance (www.alleanzaevangelica.org).
"De Chirico's book is excellent. Not only is it well researched, thorough, and clear, its lessons hold crucial importance in this historical moment. In a day when the pope is featured on the cover of Time magazine and when unchurched pundits use phrases like 'the Francis factor' (speaking of Pope Francis's popularity in the mainstream), it's important for us to have an informed perspective on the papacy. This volume, more than any other I've read, provides such perspective and therefore should be added to one's bookshelf."- Chris Castaldo - The Gospel Coalition
"... a marvellous book which will serve you well in conversing with Roman Catholic contacts and in understanding a significant religious celebrity of the modern world." - Evangelicals Now
"...Professor De Chirico investigate the phenomenon of Roman Catholic hierarchy using biblical exegesis, fascinating historical data, and basic theological insights to inform our view...engaging, clearly written, polemical in the best sense, and resolutely Scriptural, this is easily the best shorter guide for those wanting to know how to evaluate the institution of the papacy and related matters." - William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"How readable! How fascinating! How important! This book is a page-turner. I kept thinking, 'I have it, to whom can I give it?'...Right at the heart of Roman Catholicism there is this giant delusion. You don't believe me? Then read this fascinating and brief book and think for yourself." - Geoff Thomas, Pastor, Aberystwyth Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, Wales
"In terms of an introduction to the Catholic Church's doctrine and exercise of the papacy, this book is unmatched! Read this book and you will gain essential insights into what for many Christians is a mystery, now unpacked by a trusted evangelical theologian and pastor." - Gregg R. Allison, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky