A Facebook friend posted this meme this morning, and I think it illustrates perfectly the concept of how Rome’s (actually, John Henry Cardinal Alfred E Neuman’s) “Development of Doctrine” works:
And yet Rome has the temerity to say with a straight face, “The sole Church of Christ [is that] which our Savior, after his Resurrection, entrusted to Peter's pastoral care, commissioning him and the other apostles to extend and rule it. . . . This Church, constituted and organized as a society in the present world, subsists in (subsistit in) the [Roman] Catholic Church, which is governed by the successor of Peter and by the bishops in communion with him.”
Sure, there were cameras in Lincoln’s day, but to posit an iPhone in “seed form” at that point is just ludicrous. Similarly, the church existed at Pentecost, but to posit “the Roman Catholic Religion in seed form” is just ludicrous.
HT: Neil Hess