Sunday, December 8, 2013

Spiritual Genealogy

Today we present a different type of genealogy. Instead of talking of Pope Francis blood relatives, we will present his spiritual ancestors. This type of genealogy receives the name of “Apostolic Succession” and is the method whereby the ministry of the Christian Church is derived from the apostles by a continuous succession of bishops.

Today bishops were consecrated by other bishops themselves consecrated similarly in a succession going back to the apostles. We see the episcopal laying on of hands in the New Testament, from Paul to Timothy and Titus, and the same has been happening over the las 20 centuries.

Pope Francis episcopal genealogy is very similar to recent Popes, with common spiritual ancestors until Cardinal Francesco Galleffi.  Pope Francis has four popes in his own spiritual genealogy.