PETRINE OFFICE, LEONINE OFFICE, AND THE ANGLICAN PATRIARCHATE
Christian Scripture, it was clearly expressed as Christ's will that
Peter the Apostle was to be First Among Equals (also known as Prince
of the Apostles) and exercise a prominent leadership role in the
universal church (Catholic Church). Indeed, it was after Christ's
death and Resurrection that Peter was to build the Church, along with
the other Apostles. Our Lord bestowed the keys to the Kingdom of
Heaven upon Peter, saying "Tu es Petrus et super hanc petram
aedificabo ecclesiam meam. Tibi dabo claves regni caelorum."
("Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my Church; unto
thee I will give the keys of the kingdom of heaven." - Matthew
16.18). This is known as Papal Primacy, or the Petrine Office.
the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven from Christ
Florentine Archfather, Grand Pontiff of the Anglican Rite of the
Universal Church and head of the New Roman Communion, as successor to
Pope Leo X, holds what is known as the Leonine Office. That office is
an extension of the Petrine Office, the primacy of the Pope, and
shares in its authority within and regarding the jurisdiction of the
Anglican Patriarchate and New Roman Communion. This is reflected in
the Key of St. Peter and the Papal tiara included in the
Anglo-Catholic Papal Insignia, also known as the Leonine Insignia.
Also, as temporal successor of the Popes from St. Peter the Apostle
through Benedict XVI in Italy and Britain, the Florentine Archfather
is Custodian of the Apostolic See of St. Mark in Aquileia, reflected
in the Sword of St. Mark in the Anglo-Catholic Papal Insignia.
Succession from St. Peter to Leo X and the Florentine Archfathers
Succession from Pasquale II to the Florentine Archfathers
primacy of the Petrine Office and, by extension, the Leonine Office
nevertheless carries with it a responsibility of continuity of
doctrine and tradition. Valid and authentic rule must be indeed
grounded in the Doctrine and Tradition of the Faith, of which the
Pope, the Archfather, and all bishops are custodians. Proclamations,
commandments, and so forth cannot rightly be imposed simply as a
matter of desire or expediency. Yet it is all too common in the
modern age to think that the leadership of the Church can indeed
change the doctrine. Such is the sin of modernism, distorting the
true theological meaning of primacy.
Florentine Archfather (the ancient title of "Archipater"
refers to a chief priest) is defined as one with secular patrimony in
Florence and ecclesiastical patriarchal authority. The first four
were Patriarchs of the West, i.e., Roman Archfathers/Roman Popes.
(For the complete list of Florentine Archfathers, please follow this
link. Pope Leo X was the first Florentine Archfather. The
significance of Florence to papal primacy derives from the origins of
papal claims to overlordship in Italy. The rule of Tuscany came to
have the sovereign Vice-Kingship
of Italy in the Holy Roman Empire. That was given by Matilda,
Margravine of Tuscany, Vice-Queen of Italy to the Pope Pasquale II,
at which point the papacy solidified its claim to overlordship over
Italy. After the renunciation of the title of Patriarch of the West
by Benedict XVI, the Bishop of St. Stephen, Anglo-Italian Imperial
Patriarch was recognised as the closest ecclesiastical claimant to
Italian patrimony by right of Rome in succession from Matilda of
Tuscany, Pope Pasquale II, and Pope Leo X due to the Patriarchate's
secular patrimony in Florence. Thus the Bishop of St. Stephen is
known primarily as the Florentine Archfather, successor of Pope Leo
X, and temporal successor of St. Peter the Apostle in Italy and
Britain. Through that the Patriarchate is also the Custodian of the
Apostolic See of Saint Mark at Aquileia and Grand Pontiff of the
Anglican Rite of the Universal Church.
The New Roman Communion is defined as the Anglican Patriarchate and
the churches of all Bishops recognised by the Patriarchate. It takes
its name from the Florentine heritage of the Anglican Patriarchate,
with Florence recognised as the second New Rome after Constantinople.
Bishops of the New Roman Communion need not be of the Anglican Rite,
but may be of any traditional Catholic Rite.
By authority of Rome, the Archfather speaks with the full voice and
authority of the Pope within and regarding the jurisdiction of the
Anglican Patriarchate and New Roman Communion. The Archfather holds
Roman imperial dignity and co-imperial rank.
in its leadership and teaching role and defence of the faith, must
connect the Christian faithful in any particular age and location to
the Christian faithful in all times and places. The entirety of the
faith must be brought to mind, not just the issues of a particular
time period or geographical location, for the Christian faith knows
neither time nor space. That places the focus of Christian education
indeed on reason and conscience, for indeed God is the Divine Logos,
the source of all reason, logic, and order. Logic, analysed by reason
and from which order flows, cannot be subjective, relativistic, or
defined by about-changing social conformity. Therefore, Christian
theology is not defined by mankind, relativism, or subjectivity.
Rather, it is defined by God, brought to the world by Christ as the
Incarnate Word, and defended by His Holy Church. That is the essence
of the primacy of the Petrine Office and its extension by right of
Rome, the Leonine Office.
The Anglo-Catholic Papal Insignia (Leonine Insignia)
the Papal tiara, Key of St. Peter, and Sword of St. Mark
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