Pietro Perugino’s (1450-1523) offers the artist’s idea of Matthew 16. In the foreground, Pergino capture how most of the world viewed this great event in Church History. A father plays with his son; two people are dancing and one guy is walking toward his destination.
Whether you are Lutheran, Baptist or Catholic, you recognize how big of role Matthew 16 plays in Church History. Years later, St. Peter writes:
“I exhort the presbyters among you, as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed. Tend the flock of God in your midst, overseeing not by constraint but willingly, as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly. Do not lord it over those assigned to you, but be examples to the flock.”
If Frederic Martel’s account of life in Rome is even slightly accurate, “Houston, we have a problem” He writes: “The percentage of gays in the Vatican are probably higher than in San Francisco’s Cuba. ” While most Christians won’t buy into his wild theories about conservatives like Benedict XVI, Vigano or Burke, his portrait of the Vatican is the stuff of a future Netflix film. It’s crazy wicked.
“Houston, we have a problem”
If the brotherhood of Christ crosses denominational bounds, Evangelicals need to reach to their Catholic brothers and sisters and tell them you are praying for their leaders. Instead of asking them to jump out of the ark of Peter, Evangelicals must research their own history (cf. Brad Gregory’s “The Unintended Reformation”) to see if we are PARTLY responsible for this trajectory.
The Catholic Church is walking through the valley of the shadow of death and we must pray for it.
The good news is “God is faithful” (I Corinthians 1:7). God’s promise to Peter and the Church will not be broken.