Excerpt from Charles Coulombe’s speech “Is the Papacy Really Holy?” at the 2019 SBC Conference “The Church’s Four Marks: Reflections on These Indelible Divine Signs” at the Feeneyite Saint Benedict Center in Richmond, New Hampshire.
Charles A. Coulombe, “The truth is that humanly speaking the story of the papacy is in many ways a very sorry one if you want to look at the low points. Where do we start? We start with the first Pope. The first public act of the holiest and best of pontiffs was denying our Lord three times. You know if you get better than that you're doing good.”
This is more than just an error — he has written a book on the papacy, Vicars of Christ: A History of the Popes, and holds himself to be an erudite Catholic historian. When Coulombe gets something so wrong that's so simple, it's easy to brush him off as ignorant. Knowing he divines with tarot cards, goes to a theosophical lodge regularly, hangs out with gnostics, and lies about it all — leads one to conclude this man is straight up evil.
St. Robert Bellarmine writes, “St. Peter, when he denied Christ, had not yet begun to be the Sovereign Pontiff. For it is certain that leadership of the Church was given to him by Christ in John 21, when the lord after his resurrection said to him: Simon, son of John, feed my sheep. Therefore that denial of Peter should not be listed among the errors of Roman Pontiffs.”
Thank you to JustACatholic1 for bring this to our attention.
For more on Coulombe see: The Charles A. Coulombe Arcana