I'm working on a series to the Catholics now. Called "Catholicism and Christianity! Are they the same or are they totally different?"
I am using their bible, Douay Version to show that even their own book condemns them even though it is not the word of God. Check "Perversions" on this Page also.
'Part 1-The Pope.'

Catholicism teaches that the Pope is the Vicar (one who is acting or taking the place of another) of Christ. That's why the Roman Catholic Church also says that the Pope or even the priests are 'alter Christus', 'another Christ'. Which is utterly false. The same Christ who came is the head of the Church, not another Christ (ck. Eph. 5:23). Any other Christ is a false Christ (Ck. Matt. 24:5). Now going to their own books, "2. Who is the chief instrument of the Holy Spirit's teaching and unifying work in the church?
(Answer) The Pope, who is the Bishop of Rome and the Vicar of Christ on earth. He is the visible head of the whole Catholic Church. (A Catechism for Adults, Lesson 17:The Key to Unity in the Church)."

(Comment) Christianity teaches that the Holy Spirit is the Vicar of Christ in John 16:7-15....... The Holy Spirit is going to lead and guide us to all truth. He works through men, through the word (the Holy Bible KJV), through circumstances and situations but no man takes the place of Christ, he might be a false Christ trying to do so but none can.

Catholicism teaches that the church was founded upon Peter and that he was the first Pope and head of the church. Both theories fall apart when they are studied. Going to Matt. 16:18 which is the verse that they use to try to prove that Jesus built the church on Peter, "And I say unto thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it ."
In the footnote of the Catholic Bible, Douay Version;
"CHAP. 16, ver. 18. Thou art Peter, & c. As St. Peter, by divine revelation, here made a solemn profession of his faith of the divinity of Christ; so in recompense of his faith and profession, our Lord here declares to him the dignity to which he is pleased to raise him:viz., that he to whom he had already given the name of Peter, signifying a rock, St. John 1. 42, should be a rock indeed, of invincible strength, for the support of the building of the church; in which building he should be next to Christ himself: the chief foundation stone, in quality of chief pastor, ruler, and governor: and should have accordingly all fullness of ecclesiastical power, signified by the keys of the kingdom of heaven.-"

Now let's discuss verse 18 of Chapter 16 in St. Matthew. Jesus said, "Thou art Peter and upon this rock...." Two different greek words are used in the Bible, one being 'Petros' which was used for Peter and it basically means 'a detached stone or boulder, or a stone that might be thrown or easily moved. or a piece of rock' and when Jesus says, "...upon this rock..", the greek word used is Petra which means 'a mass of rock', an unmovable rock and he was speaking of the revelation regarding himself and himself alone. He is the mass of rock, the immovable rock upon whom the church was built not Peter and there are many scriptures that back this up. So using these thoughts let's see what the verse really says, "I say unto thee that thou art Peter, (Petros,a detached rock, a piece of rock;) and upon this rock (Petra {Jesus Christ himself}, an unmovable rock) I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."

I am playing with the Greek and that is supposed to make me look intelligent but to tell you the truth, it is not needed to explain what I am telling you. It will verify what I am telling you but I am not out to try to improve on the book that God gave us. If we have the perfect Bible in the KJV then it will explain itself by cross referencing to other places in the bible and it does.

Now let's see if Peter fits the description that the gentleman gives him in the footnote of the Douay Version as an invincible rock by his lifestyle and decisions that he made after Jesus's words as recorded in Matthew Chapter 16 verse 18. Going just a few verses after verse 18 in Chapter 16 of Matthew. Jesus just finished telling them of the things he is about to suffer,

"And Peter taking him, began to rebuke him, saying: Lord be it far from thee, this shall not be unto thee. Who turning, said to Peter: Go behind me, Satan, thou art a scandal unto me: because thou savourest not the things that are of God, but the things that are of men." (Holy Bible, Douay Version, St. Matthew 16:22,23)
Not very nice words to say to a man that he is going to build his church on. But it gets worse for Peter.

To give a little background for this next story, the Roman soldiers find Jesus in the garden and arrest him, all the disciples run for their lives except Peter, he hides close by and follows in the shadows as they take Jesus back to Jerusalem to a monkey trial. During the time that they are inside cursing Jesus, stripping him, beating him; Peter is outside denying him,

"But Peter sat without in the court: and there came to him a servant maid, saying: Thou also wast with Jesus the Galilean. But he denied before them all, saying: I know not what thou sayest. And as he went out of the gate, another maid saw him, and she saith to them that were there: This man also was with Jesus of Nazareth. And again he denied with an oath: I know not the man. And after a little while they came that stood by, and said to Peter: Surely thou also art one of them; for even thy speech doth discover thee. Then he began to curse and swear that he knew not the man. And immediately the cock crew. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus which he had said: Before the crock crow, thou wilt deny me thrice. And going forth he wept bitterly." Once again I present to you the invincible Peter. No, Jesus isn't going to build his church on a man.

Now let's look at the life of Peter when he was supposedly a Pope according to Roman Catholic tradition. Going to Acts Chapter 4, verse 12; quoting: "Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is no other name under heaven given to men, whereby we must be saved."

So we see by the so-called first Pope of the Roman Catholic Church own admission there is no other way man can be saved except through Jesus. Not by the sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church, not believing that the Roman Catholic Pope is infallible in matters of faith and morals, not by keeping Holy Communion, not by Baptism, not by prayer and good works. Not by anything except what Jesus did for us through his death, burial, and resurrection. We are called to just believe him and walk in that belief and he conforms us more and more into his image. He comes into our lives and makes us a new creature, he gives us the strength, the power, everything that we need to live for him.

Now let's look at some other things in the Bible and see if Peter fits the description of a Pope. Going to Acts Chapter 8 verse 14,
"Now when the apostles who were in Jerusalem, had heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John,"

This was approximately 35 A.D. The apostles sent Peter and John to Samaria. Wouldn't you think if Peter was truly a Pope, he would be the one sending others instead of being sent by them. This next illustration was around 44 A.D. This one is recorded in Acts Chapter 12, verses 1-5,

"And at the same time, Herod the king stretched forth his hands, to afflict some of the church. And he killed James, the brother of John with the sword. And seeing that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to take up Peter also. Now it was in the days of the Azymes. And when he had apprehended him, he cast him into prison, delivering him to four files of soldiers to be kept, intending, after the pasch, to bring him forth to the people. Peter was therefore kept in prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the church unto God for him.
Now we see the so-called Pope in prison in Jerusalem not in Rome.

Next we come to the year 52 A.D. and Peter is at a council in Jerusalem. They are talking about how God is calling out a people for his name out of the Gentiles. Paul and Barnabas come back from their missionary trip to ask some questions regarding circumcision and the law of Moses. Peter is at this council because he stayed in Jerusalem a lot since he was called of God to reach the Jews as Paul was called of God to reach the Gentiles. Peter gets up and shares with the others there how God showed him at an earlier date how he (God) was going to be reaching out to the Gentiles and purify their hearts by faith just as he had Peter and the rest of them. So they send Paul and Barnabas and some others back to tell them that they don't have to be circumcised or keep the law of Moses to be saved. Please read Chapter 15 of The Acts.

Now I want you to see an interesting verse in the Bible. The Acts, Chapter 23; quoting: "And the night following the Lord standing by him, said: Be constant; as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome." unquote So we see that Paul was to go to Rome to be a witness for Jesus Christ not Peter and this is further proven by reading To the Galatians, Chapter 2 verses 7,8 where Paul is speaking:

"But contrawise, when they hath seen that to me was committed the gospel of the uncircumcision, as to Peter was that of the circumcision.
(For as he who wrought in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, wrought in me also among the Gentiles.)"
Remember the uncircumcision were the Gentiles and the circumcision were the Jews.
Also while we are in Galatians, I would like to show you something else very interesting. To the Galatians, Chapter 2, verse 11;
"But when Cephas was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed."
Paul reprimanded Peter because he was walking in hypocrisy as we see in verse 14, quoting:

"But when I saw that they walked not uprightly in the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all: If thou being a Jew, livest after manner of the Gentiles, and not as the Jews do, how dost thou compel the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?"

Remember Cephas is Peter, check John 1:42. To correct, discipline a Pope is dangerous, wouldn't you say?

Christianity teaches that Christ Jesus is the one on whom the church is founded and he is the head of the church. We have already discussed St. Matthew Chapter 16, verse 18 and we have seen that Jesus is the rock (Petra) upon whom the church was founded and we have already used the verse in Ephesians 5:23 at the beginning of this pamphlet to show that Jesus is the head of the church. So we see that Peter was never a Pope nor did he ever claim such, using the bible- he was never in Rome, he was a missionary to the Jews not to the Gentiles, he was rebuked by Paul when he missed it in areas of faith and morals, Do yo really want a church built on a man or one built on the eternal God? You decide but now you have some of the facts so that you can make a wiser decision.