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During the first decade of the church Peter is the dominant figure.

The Apostle who spoke for the twelve, walked on water, confessed Jesus is the

Christ, and shared the

most intimate moments (transfiguration / Gethsemane)

Continued as the spokesman


In the upper room to the disciples


At Pentecost to the Jews


At the temple healing


In prison suffering


In the church purging


To Somalia welcoming Samaritans


To Caesarea welc

oming Gentiles

He healed the sick

Raised the dead

He spoke for God

Peter is a man to listen to

An Interview With St. Peter

By John Philips

St. Peter played a prominent part in the early Church. The book of Acts

records several of his early sermons. He

authored two books in the Holy


A study of his sayings casts much light on his attitude toward the Church

and its teachings.

How would he have answered questions both Catholics and Protestants

ask in this ecumenical age? We have written and a

ddressed some, as it were, to

St. Peter.

His replies are all taken from his own speeches and writings as we have

them in the Holy Scr9iptures. We have used only the approved Confraternity

edition of the Scriptures in giving St. Peter’s replies.

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Could you tell us simply, St. Peter, how we can be saved from our sins?

“Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21)

“Set your hope completely upon that grace which is brought to you in the

revelation of Jesus Christ” (I St. Peter 1:13)


him all the prophets bear witness, that through his name all who believe in

him may receive forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 10:43).

Do those who have trusted the Lord Jesus for the forgiveness of their

sins have to anticipate purgatory when they die?


d be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his

great mercy has begotten us again through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from

the dead, unto a living hope, unto a n incorruptible inheritance

undefiled and

unfading, reserved for y

ou in heaven. By the power of god you are guarded

through faith for salvation, which is ready to be revealed in the last time. Over

this you rejoice” (I St. Peter 1:3


But surely, St. Peter, even the true believer has a residue of sins for

which he has

to make restitution to God in penance?

“Christ…has suffered for you,…who himself bore our sins in this body upon the

tree, that we, having died to sin, might live to justice; an by his stripes you were

healed (I St. Peter 2:21, 24).

St. Peter, is it poss

ible for the grace to be purchased by us in any way?

“You know that you were redeemed from the vain manner of life handed down

from your fathers, not with perishable things, with silver or gold. But with the

precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without b

lemish and without spot” (I St.

Peter 1:18


“Thy money go to destruction with thee, because thou has thought that the gift

of God could be purchased with money. Thou has no part or lot in this matter;

for thy heart is not right before God. Repent there

fore of this wickedness…and

pray to God, that perhaps this thought of thy heart may be forgiven thee” (Acts



What is your opinion on baptismal regeneration, St. Peter? Are we

bought into the family of God through a sacrament of baptism? Is this


ow we are born again?

“For you have been reborn, not from corruptible seed but from incorruptible,

through the word of God who lives and abides forever” (I St. Peter 1:23).

Do you think all men will eventually be saved?

“But the heavens that now are, and

the earth, by that same word have been

stored up, being reserved for fire against the day of judgment and destruction of

ungodly men” (II St. Peter 3:7).

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