We have seen that Our Lord conferred on St. Peter the primacy of jurisdiction in the Church. The next question to consider is whether or not Jesus wanted that primacy to be a perpetual institution in his Church and, if so, where it was to be located.
It is the solemn teaching of the Catholic Church that, according to the will of Christ, Peter must have successors in his primacy over the whole Church and for all time. The Church also teaches as a doctrine of faith that the bishop of Rome is the successor of Peter in the primacy. Let us now consider the major arguments in support of these two points.
Vatican Council I declared in 1870: “If anyone says that it is not according to the institution of Christ our Lord himself, that is, by divine law, that St. Peter has perpetual successors in the primacy over the whole Church; or if anyone says that the Roman Pontiff is not the successor of St. Peter in the same primacy: let him be anathema” (Denzinger 1825). (more…)
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