3. THE QUESTION WAS: St. Jerome said he would accept a man who was:
A. Joined to the chair of Peter
B. Joined to one wife
THE ANSWER WAS .A .joined to the chair of Peter
According to St. Jerome: He that is joined to the Chair of Peter is accepted by me!
Another translation reads: The man is my choice who remains in union with the chair of Peter.
The Chair of Peter is the office of pope. This Chair has been filled by Peter (the first pope) and by all popes leading up to Pope John Paul II in the third millennium of Christianity.
St. Jerome wrote:
"I follow no
leader but Christ and join in communion with none but your blessedness [Pope
Damasus I], that is, with the chair of Peter. I know that this is the rock on
which the Church has been built. Whoever eats the Lamb outside this house is
profane. Anyone who is not in the ark of Noah will perish when the flood
prevails" (Letters 15:2 [A.D. 396]).
"The church here is split into three parts, each eager to seize me for its own. . . . Meanwhile I keep crying, He that is joined to the chair of Peter is accepted by me! . . . Therefore, I implore your blessedness [Pope Damasus I] . . . tell me by letter with whom it is that I should communicate in Syria" (Letters 16:2).
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