The Origin of the Churches in Rome

Roman Catholic theologians often assert that Peter founded the church in Rome, or that he at least had a very important part to play, becoming its first pope. Protestants have challenged this assertion vigorously. If Peter was involved in the founding of Rome, would he not have been mentioned in Paul’s letter to the Romans? Paul does speak of many important leaders and members of the churches in Rome in chapter 16 of Romans. John Bugay does a great job summarizing the evidence, leaning on the scholarship of Peter Lampe. I encourage everyone to read that post.