Christ Presenting The Keys to Saint Peter and The Law to Paul, , 1150–1200; Ivory 5 15/16 x 3 3/8 in. (15.1 x 8.5 cm) The Cloisters Collection, 1979, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York). The theme of Christ handing the keys of heaven to St. Peter and the law to St. Paul, which originated in fourth-century Rome, refers to the establishment of the Church as stated in Matthew 16:18: "I also tell you that you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church." The parable highlights the importance of SS. Peter and Paul and, by extension, that of St. Peter's successors, the bishops of Rome. In this powerful interpretation, a domed structure replaces the rock on which Christ is more frequently depicted. The dramatic expressions, the fluid, clinging drapery, and the openwork carving are characteristic of German Romanesque ivory carving. The inscription, including the date 1200, is later ■

Y entonces uno se queda con la Iglesia, que me ofrece lo único que debe ofrecerme la Iglesia: el conocimiento de que ya estamos salvados –porque esa es la primera misión de la Iglesia, el anunciar la salvación gracias a Jesucristo- y el camino para alcanzar la alegría, pero sin exclusividades de buen pastor, a través de esa maravilla que es la confesión y los sacramentos. La Iglesia, sin partecitas.

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