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CNN Series: “Pope” Episode 1 — Egregious Errors & Omissions.

by Anura Guruge

Now that the gripping 2nd South Africa v Australia Test Match is over, I finally got to finish watching Episode 1 of the CNN “Pope” series tonight.

I was shocked at some fairly basic stuff they got wrong — dead wrong. There was a lot of FAKE NEWS.

I am pressed for time, and it is 1:07am in the morning, so I am going to make this pithy. So, here are the MAJOR, most egregious errors and omissions that infuriated I.

  1. The claim that St. Peter was the 1st pope is without basis and I already discussed that (in this post).
  2. Claims that the supremacy of the “Bishop of Rome” (i.e., the Pope) was immediately recognized and respected by the other bishops because Rome was the capital of the Empire. Not so, by a long chalk. It took many centuries and much contention before this came to pass. To say that was BAD. Very bad.
  3.  Claimed that Constantine the Great was the 1st Christian emperor. Not so in reality. Constantine, though he made Christianity an official religion, did NOT become a Christian, i.e., get baptized, until he was in his deathbed! So. yes he was the 1st Christian emperor, but he never ruled as such since he died within hours of becoming a Christian.
  4. Misrepresents how the term ‘pope’ — meaning ‘father’ in Greek came to be used. Nearly all senior monks in the first few centuries CE were called ‘father’.
  5. Claims that the bishops that attended the ‘First Council of Nicea‘ created the framework for what would become the College of Cardinals! Hogwash. Fake News. The College of Cardinals came much, much, much later and the cardinals, to begin with, were very Rome-centric. Nothing, whatsoever, to do with the ‘First Council of Nicea’. That was BAD. Very BAD.
  6. No mention, whatsoever, of St. Paul and that Rome was a TWO Apostle city.

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by Anura Guruge

CNN Series “Pope” Episode 1 Re. St. Peter Is FAKE NEWS!

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From my book “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia“.

The first episode of CNN’sPope‘ series, which aired on Sunday, March 11, 2018, is titled “How Peter Became The First Pope“.

That is FAKE NEWS.

That is akin to having a documentary entitled “How Hillary Became The First Female President“.

It basically did NOT happen.

There is absolutely no proof, historic or Biblical, that Peter was the first pope. There is not even any evidence that St. Peter, unlike St. Paul, ever came to Rome!

That Peter is said to be the first pope is a tradition. A custom.

CNN never mentions that. Fake news.

It prattles on as if this was all true.

Fake news.

I have written about this till I am bue in the face. Do your own research.

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by Anura Guruge

Constantine The Great, The Godfather Of Christianity, Believed To Have Been Born Today ~1,745 Years Ago.

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Statue in York (England) — where Constantine was crowned Emperor on his father’s death.

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Dates going back that far are a bit ‘fuzzy’. So we cannot be sure. February 27, circa 272, however, is what is considered the best guess as to when he was born.

He, in my opinion, was the 2nd most important man in making Christianity what it is today — the FIRST, indubitably, having been St. Paul (originally Saul). Jesus, at best, is #3, if NOT fourth behind St. Peter.

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by Anura Guruge

Today, January 25, Is The Anniversary Of The BIRTH Of CHRISTIANITY.

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Today, January 25, is the ‘Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, the Apostle‘. This commemorates Jesus’ appearance to Saul/Paul when he was on his way to Damascus. This is the so called “Road to Damascus” event.

I know for sure that we don’t know for sure that this took place on January 25th. We actually don’t know the YEAR of this event, the best guess been that it was during 31 to 36 AD.

But, one thing is for sure. This, rather than any other day, is the TRUE anniversary of the Birth of Christianity.

Of course, Christianity did not come to be at Christmas, December 25th. That is a totally artificial, made-up holiday that was chosen to appease pagans who had celebrated the Winter Solstice, around that time, for centuries.

Easter is also not the anniversary of the Birth of Christianity. Jesus died on Good Friday a good Jew — the King of Jews; he having been born a Jew and a very devout Jew all his life. Between Good Friday and the Resurrection on Easter Sunday, Jesus did not say or do anything to make him anything other than a Jew.

Christianity, if you go by the facts, is St. Paul’s CREATION.

Paul the Apostle created Christianity around Jesus.

It is, cut to the chase, his religion founded on the belief of Jesus.

So January 25th is the REAL anniversary of the Birth of Christianity.

Depending on whether we use AD 31 or AD 36, Christianity is now 1,985 or 1,980 years old.

Think about it.

Merry Christmas.

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Pope Francis Makes Surprising Decision To Put On Display “St. Peter’s Bones”! Second Incongruity In 2 Days.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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One day ago it was the most amazing statement that Rugby was not violent.

Then this today. As the CNN article points out, up front, this is beyond controversial. There is absolutely no basis to believe that these are the bones of St. Peter.

In reality, there is no historical or Biblical documentation or evidence that St. Peter ever came to Rome! Plenty of documentation that St. Paul did. So that alone raises questions. Why was St. Peter not mentioned if he was there along with St. Paul?

That St. Peter was the first ‘pope’, which he really wasn’t, is a tradition rather than a fact. That is known.

Yes, many, many relics are not obviously what they claim to be.

But, this, in the 21st century, is a definite test of credulity.

I had NOT expected this pope to have gone along with this.

Actually this is the 3rd VERY STRANGE thing the pope has done just this week. That “prayer of “WHY”‘ was very strange too!

Hhhhmmm! Not good.