The Road from Hyperpapalism to Catholicism (Volume 1: Theological Reflections on the Rock of the Church)

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Abuses of authority and misleading magisteria have given new urgency to old questions about the nature, purpose, and limits of the papal office. Without succumbing to Protestant or Orthodox antipapaplism, faithful Catholics are discarding a hyperpapalism that has distorted, even undermined, the tradition-centred and continuity-protecting Petrine ministry. In this two-volume work, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski situates the papacy within the Church as a preeminent part of a whole that gives it its meaning, responds to conservative and sedevacantist objections, and offers spiritual counsel and reasons for hope to those grieved by the current state of affairs. Volume 1, Theological Reflections on the Rock of the Church, provides an account of the papacy that honors human reason, harmonizes with divine faith, and safeguards sacred tradition. Volume 2, Chronological Responses to an Unfolding Pontificate, analyzes key aspects of the reign of Pope Francis, educing and corroborating the theological principles discussed in the first. 

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Praise for The Road from Hyperpapalism to Catholicism

“With any hot issue facing Catholics—and certainly when pondering papal authority and its exercise and abuse—it’s highly advisable to check with Peter Kwasniewski before rushing to your own conclusion.” —Roger McCaffrey, Editor, The Traditionalist 

“Dr. Kwasniewski’s analysis brings sorely needed balance to contemporary discussions about the role of the papacy in the Church.” —Phillip Campbell, author of the Story of Civilization series 

“In the first volume of this work, Dr. Kwasniewski guides us with a sure and sane hand through two millennia of papal history and theology in order to bring us to an accurate understanding of the papacy.” —Charles Coulombe, author of Vicars of Christ: A History of the Popes

“Avoiding both sophistry and oversimplification, Kwasniewski navigates the safe ground of history and Catholic tradition to build a framework in which we can attempt to live with the mystery of evil until our Lord decides to heal this crisis.” —Brian M. McCall, Editor-in-Chief, Catholic Family News

“Peter Kwasniewski gets to grips with the overwhelming scandal facing us today: a Pope who day by day is betraying his divine enormity made possible by an exaggerated adulation of the person of the reigning Pontiff.” —Henry Sire, author of The Dictator Pope

“Dr. Kwasniewski helps the reader living through the current unprecedented Church crisis to leave behind a widespread and unhealthy hyperpapalism and move on to a Catholic perception of the papacy and its place in the Church.” —Monika Rheinschmitt, President, Pro Missa Tridentina


About the Author: 

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski taught theology, philosophy, music, and art history at various undergraduate and graduate institutions from 1998 to 2018, and has directed choirs from 1994 to the present. Today he is a writer and speaker known for his public advocacy of traditional Catholicism, especially in the liturgical realm. His work has been translated into at least eighteen languages. 

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