Fact: The Catholic Church counts St. Peter, Apostle of the Messiah, as the first pope Source: Catholic New Advent Encyclopedia Fact: St. Peter was married Source: Matthew 8:14 -- the Messiah healed St. Peter's wife's mother Source: 1 Corinthians 9:5 -- Paul says St. Peter travelled with his Christian wife Source: Catholic Church Tradition relates that St. Peter was crucified in 67 CE after being forced to witness the execution of his wife (St. Clement's Stromata, Book VII, Chapter xi) Fact: the Catholic Church derives its authority from St. Peter (who was married) Fact: Current popes cannot marry Logic: While "all the apostles" (1 Cor 9:5) were married, Catholic clergy cannot marry. While the first pope was married, current popes cannot marry. Therefore, if current Catholic traditions regarding clergy and popes are correct (and the Catholic Church claims it is infallible, "preserved from liability to error in her definitive dogmatic teaching regarding matters of faith and morals"), then all the apostles and St. Peter violated the Sacrament of Orders and should have been deposed. But this would demolish the very authorities from whom the Catholic Church claims its own authority. Conclusion: The Catholic position is inconsistent. Question: Given an alteration in Christian practice (such as with Clerical Celibacy), which is more likely to be right, early Christian practice closer to the time of the Messiah, or later Christian practice further from the time of the Messiah? For example, is it more likely that St. Peter was in error, or that current popes are in error?