See this online text:
- “The Primacy of the Successor of Peter in the Mystery of the Church”, by Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith [October 31, 1998], from L’Osservatore Romano, Weekly Edition in English, 18 November 1998, pp. 5-6. May be read online at the Holy See and on this page of Catholic Information Network.
See also these other texts and ebooks on the papal office:
- The Apostles and the First Disciples, by Pope Benedict XVI (General Audiences 2006-2007). May be read online through Catechesis of the Popes. This provides a collection of the teaching addresses of Pope Benedict on the Origins of the Church; the Apostles; and the First Disciples. [N.B., According to Catechesis of the Popes: “This catechesis is available in book form from Our Sunday Visitor and Ignatius Press. Our Sunday Visitor has also published a corresponding Study Guide which is available for purchase and as a free downloadable.pdf file. OSV has also published an Illustrated Edition of The Apostles.”]
- Catena Aurea or, A golden Chain of Evidences Demonstrating from “Analytical Treatment of History,” that Papal Infallibility is no Novelty; a Memorial of the Papal Jubilee, June 16, 1871 to honor the “Annos Petri Completos” of Our Holy Father, Pope Pius the Great, by an Old Catholic (Perry County, Ohio: St. Joseph’s College, 1871). Available in various formats at Open Library and Internet Archive. [N.B., While author refers to himself as an “Old Catholic”, this appears to be an ironic use of the term, since the work sets out to refute the thesis of Dollinger and the “Old Catholic” sect. The work is therefore orthodox. However, please exercise caution in view of certain statements tending to anti-Semitism.]
- Cathedra Petri: or, The titles and prerogatives of St. Peter, and of his see and successors; as described by the early fathers, ecclesiastical writers, and councils of the church, by C.F.B. Allnatt (London: Burns and Oates, 1883). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library. The 1879 edition is available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
- The Chair of Peter or the Papacy: considered in its institution, development, and organization, and in the benefits which, for over eighteen centuries, it has conferred on mankind, by John Nicholas Murphy (London: Burns & Oates, 1888). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
- A Commentary by Writers of the First Five Centuries on the Place of St. Peter in the New Testament: and that of St. Peter’s successors in the Church, by James Waterworth (London: Thomas Baker, 1871). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
- The Evidence for the Papacy: as Derived from the Holy Scriptures and from Primitive Antiquity, with an Introductory Epistle, by Colin Lindsay (London: Longmans, Green, & Co., 1870). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
- From Tarsus to Rome: the story of the first Christian hierarchy, by Herman Joseph Heuser (London, New York: Longmans, Green and co., 1929). With Imprimatur. Available at Internet Archive [microform] and may be read at Onread.com. [NB, the Onread.com copy has many proofreading errors.]
- A General History of the Christian Era: For Catholic Colleges and Reading Circles and for Self-Instruction, Volume I. The Papacy and the Empire, by Anthony Guggenberger, S.J. (St. Louis, Mo.: B. Herder, 1900). Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library. The 4th edition (St. Louis, Mo.: B. Herder, 1907) with Nihil Obstat is available at Internet Archiveand Open Library.
- [Letter to William Palmer, 4th] Fourth letter to the Rev. William Palmer, M.A., of Worcester College, Oxford: on the way to find the true church of Christ on earth, on satisfaction, on indulgences, on the supremacy of the See of Rome, infallibility, Eucharist, etc., etc., by Verax, a Catholic layman (London: T. Jones, 1842). Internet Archive and Open Library.
- Peter at Rome: Being an Historical Dissertation; With an Appendix, Containing Reference to the Discussion Held in Rome, February 9th and 10th, 1872, in the Hall of the Pontificia Academia Tiberina, between Three Catholic Priests and Three Evangelical Ministers, Concerning the Coming of St. Peter to Rome, by John Stewart M’Corry (London: Burns and Oates,1874). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
- Peter, His Name and His Office: As Set Forth in Holy Scripture, by T. W. Allies (1852). Available at Internet Archive.
- Peter’s Name; or, A Divine Credential in a Name, by Smyth-Vaudry, Telesphor (Techny, Ill.: Printed by the Society of the Divine Word, 1909). Available at Internet Archive.
- Petri Privilegium: Three Pastoral Letters to the Clergy of the diocese, by Henry Edward Manning (London: Longmans, Green, 1871). In English, The Privilege of Peter. The Pastoral Letters discuss the doctrine and historical basis of Papal infallibility. Available at Internet Archive.
- “Pope and Council: The Historical Background of the Present Situation”, by Rev. James Hanrahan, C.S.B., CCHA, Report, 32 (1965): pp. 13-27. Available in pdf format at the Canadian Catholic Historical Association.
- The Pope of Rome and the Popes of the Oriental Orthodox Church: An Essay on Monarchy in the Church, with Special Reference to Russia, from Original Documents, Russian and Greek, 2nd edition, by Rev. Caesarius Tondini (London: R. Washbourne, 1875). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library.
- “Primacy and Collegiality in the Works of Joseph Ratzinger”, by Richard G. DeClue, Communio: International Catholic Review, Vol. 35.4 (Winter 2008): pp. 642-670. Available in pdf format (through this page) at Communio: International Catholic Review.
- The Primacy of the Apostolic See Vindicated, by Francis Patrick Kenrick (Baltimore: J. Murphy, 1875). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library (Digitizing sponsor: National Institute for Newman Studies, Book contributor: Saint Mary’s College of California).
- “The Primacy of the Pope and the Unity of the People of God”, by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Communio, vol. 41 (Spring 2014): pp. 112-128. Available in pdf format (here) through this page of Communio.
- The Primitive Church and the See of Peter, by Luke Rivington, with an Introduction by the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster (London: Longmans, Green, 1894). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Open Library and Internet Archive , with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive and Open Library.
- The Purpose of the Papacy, by Bishop John S. Vaughan (London: Sands & Co.; St. Louis, Mo., U.S.A.: B. Herder, 1910). Available in various formats at Project Gutenberg, ManyBooks.net, and Internet Archive.
- [Reflections on Questions of Present Importance in the Life of the Church], by Gerhard Ludwig Cardinal Müller. Available at First Things in 5 parts: “What Does It Mean to Say ‘I Absolve You’?” (December 15, 2017); “By What Authority? On the Teaching Office of the Pope” (January 16, 2018); “Development, or Corruption? (Can there be “paradigm shifts” in the interpretation of the deposit of faith?)” (February 20, 2018); “Is There a Saving Truth? The Salvific Relevance of the Rule of Faith” (March 13, 2018); and “Who May Receive Communion?” (April. 20, 2018)
- The Roman Primacy, A.D. 430-451, by Rev. Luke Rivington (London, New York, Bombay: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1899). With Imprimatur. May be read online, and available in various formats (pdf, epub, mobi/kindle, djvu, text, etc.) at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a second copy at Internet Archive and Open Library.
- S. Peter, Bishop of Rome, or, The Roman Episcopate of the Prince of the Apostles: proved from the Fathers, history, and archaeology, and illustrated by arguments from other sources, by Rev. T. Livius, C.Ss.R. (London: Burns & Oates; New York: Catholic Publication Society, 1888). With Imprimatur. Available in various formats at Open Library and Internet Archive, which states the author to be Thomas Stiverd Livius.
- The See of St. Peter, the Rock of the Church, the Source of Jurisdiction, and the Centre of Unity, by Thomas William Allies (London: Catholic Truth Society, 1896). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
- St. Peter at Rome: being an historical dissertation; with an appendix, containing reference to the discussion held in Rome, February 9th and 10th, 1872, in the Hall of the Pontificia Academia Tiberina, between three Catholic priests and three evangelical ministers, concerning the coming of St. Peter to Rome, by John Stewart M’Corry (London: Burns and Oates,1874). Available at Internet Archive and Open Library.
- St. Peter in Rome and His Tomb on the Vatican Hill, by Arthur Stapylton Barnes (London, Swan Sonnenschein & Co., 1900), With Imprimatur. Available in multiple formats (pdf, plain text, DAISY, epub, djvu, and mobi/Kindle) at Internet Archive and Open Library.
- St. Peter, his name and his office: as set forth in holy scripture, by T. W. Allies (1852). Available at Internet Archive.
- The Tradition of the Syriac Church of Antioch, Concerning the Primacy and the Prerogatives of St. Peter and of his Successors the Roman Pontiffs, by the Most Rev. Cyril Benham Benni, Syriac Archbishop of Mossul (Nineveh), translated under the direction of the author by Joseph Gagliardi (London: Burns, Oates, & Co., 1871). Available in various formats at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a second copy at Internet Archive and Open Library.
- The True and the False Infallibility of the Popes: A Controversial Reply to Dr. Schulte, by Joseph Fessler, translated from the 3rd edition and with an Introduction by Ambrose St. John of the Oratory (London: Burns and Oates, 1875). With the Approbation of Blessed Pope Pius IX. Available in various formats (pdf, epub, mobi/kindle, etc.) at Internet Archive and Open Library. Another impress (New York: Catholic Publication Society, 1875) is available at Internet Archive and Open Library, with a 2nd copy at Internet Archive and Open Library.
- The vicar of Christ, by Humphrey, William, 1839-1910 (Londo : Art and Book Co.; New York : Benziger, 1892). Available at Internet Archive (Digitizing sponsor: MSN, Book contributor: Kelly Library, University of Toronto).
On the Solemnity of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in the Roman Rite. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).
“Jesus answered him, Blessed art thou, Simon son of Jona; it is not flesh and blood, it is my Father in heaven that has revealed this to thee. And I tell thee this in my turn, that thou art Peter, and it is upon this rock that I will build my church… From that time onwards Jesus began to make it known to his disciples that he… must be put to death, and rise again on the third day. Whereupon Peter… began remonstrating with him; Never, Lord, he said; no such thing shall befall thee. At which he turned round and said to Peter, Back, Satan; thou art a stone in my path; for these thoughts of thine are man’s, not God’s…” (St. Matthew xvi, 16-18, 21-24)
“The Roman Pontiff – like all the faithful – is subject to the Word of God, to the Catholic faith, and is the guarantor of the Church’s obedience; in this sense he is servus servorum Dei. He does not make arbitrary decisions, but is spokesman for the will of the Lord, who speaks to man in the Scriptures lived and interpreted by Tradition; in other words, the episkope of the primacy has limits set by divine law and by the Church’s divine, inviolable constitution found in Revelation.” (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “The Primacy of the Successor of Peter in the Mystery of the Church”, quoted by Bishop Athanasius Schneider)