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Gary Egmon wrote:

Hi, guys —

Mathew 16 is cited as the authority for the papacy and the primacy of Peter. Mark 8 contains a similar story with Peter answering Jesus but Our Lord makes no reference to Peter's authority. Some say Mark is the older and more accurate account.

  • What does the Church say about this?


  { Which is the older and more accurate account: Matthew 16 or Mark 8? }

Mike replied:

Hi, Gary —

Thanks for the question.

I believe Mark's Gospel was the older manuscript.

Nevertheless, the age of both Gospels are totally irrelevant to the issue you have addressed as BOTH Matthew and Mark's Gospel are the inspired Word of God.

Any Protestant with a mind set that would strive to disprove the papacy and the primacy of Peter because Matthew's Gospel is not the older manuscript, would be denying their own Scriptures, which includes Matthew's Gospel, as the Word of God. Read 2 Peter 1:20.

20 First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, 21 because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. (2 Peter 1:20-21)

This is why Catholic Christians are blessed to have a living Magisterium, meaning teaching authority, when at times, a proper interpretation is needed, one, we believe, is guided by the Holy Spirit.

There is no reason to doubt the accuracy of either Gospel when understood correctly.


Paul replied:

Dear Gary —

Consensus among Bible scholars is that Mark is the older gospel but the real question is:

  • Which is older, the Gospels or the Holy Spirit?

It's the Holy Spirit that Christ sent who inspires both of these gospels as well as the Magisterium of the Church which authoritatively interprets the Word of God in both books.


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