The Early Church Fathers onPeter’s Presence in Rome
There are those who contend that Peter couldn’t have been the bishop of Rome becausehe was never in Rome. This of course runs contrary to the testimony of the Early Fathers.
Dionysius of Corinth
You have also, by your very admonition, brought together the planting that was made byPeter and Paul at Rome and at Corinth; for both of them alike planted in our Corinth andtaught us; and both alike, teaching similarly in Italy, suffered martyrdom at the same time(
Letter to Soter of Rome
A.D. 166 -174
] as recorded by Eusebius).
Matthew also issued among the Hebrews a written Gospel in their own language, whilePeter and Paul were evangelizing in Rome and laying the foundation of the Church. After their departure, Mark, the disciple and interpreter of Peter, also handed down to us inwriting what had been preached by Peter (
]).But since it would be too long to enumerate in such a volume as this the successions of allthe Churches, we shall confound all those who, in whatever manner, whether through self-satisfaction or vainglory, or through blindness and wicked opinion, assemble other thanwhere it is proper, by pointing out here the successions of the bishops of the greatest andmost ancient Church known to all, founded and organized at Rome by the two mostglorious Apostles, Peter and Paul, that Church which has the tradition and the faith whichcomes down to us after having been announced to men by the Apostles. For with thisChurch, because of its superior origin, all Churches must agree, that is, all the faithful inthe whole world; and it is in her that the faithful everywhere have maintained the Apostolictradition (
Let us see what milk the Corinthians drained from Paul; against what standard theGalatians were measured for correction; what the Philippians, Thessalonians, andEphesians read; what even the nearby Romans sound forth, to whom both Peter and Paulbequeathed the Gospel and even sealed it with their blood (
The Apostle Peter, after he has established the Church in Antioch, is sent to Rome, wherehe remains bishop of that city, preaching the Gospel for twenty-five years (
The Chronicle, Ad An. Dom.
When Peter preached the Word publicly at Rome, and declared the Gospel by the Spirit,many who were present requested that Mark, who had been for a long time his follower and who remembered his sayings, should write down what had been proclaimed. Havingcomposed the Gospel, he gave it to those who had requested it (