Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, but do so with gentleness and reverence.”
cf. 1 Peter 3:15-16
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QUESTION OR COMMON OBJECTION:
Galatians 2:11-12 says Peter “was clearly in the wrong.” He was a hypocrite regarding the Gentiles. Peter was not infallible.
Infallibility doesn’t mean that Peter would be perfect or never sin. Jesus knew Peter would sin. Still, Jesus chose Peter to lead the Church and even prayed for him.
Simon, Simon, behold Satan has demanded to sift all of you like wheat, but I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers.”
Peter and his successors, the popes, are infallible only when they define faith and morals, not in personal conduct, or in predicting the weather, or the winner of the Super Bowl.
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Let us pray.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”
Saint John Paul II, pope
Jesus, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (cf. John 6:68).
Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always. Holy Family, pray for us. Amen.