Sunday, April 30, 2006

St. Peter's Papacy and Primacy

St. Peter, who authoritatively interprets prophecy [2 Peter 1:16-21] and other Scripture [Acts 2:14-41] and is the foundation of the Church [Matthew 16:18] to whom Jesus bestowed the keys to Heaven [Matthew 16:19], worked the first miracle of the Church age by healing a lame man [Acts 3:6-12], uttered the first anathema [Acts 5:2-11], was the first man after Jesus Christ to raise the dead [Acts 9:40], and was the first to refute heresy [Acts 8:14-24]. Peter, who set up and was in charge of the first Council of Christianity [Acts 15:7-11] and was the spokesman for the other apostles [Matthew 18:21; Mark 8:29; Luke 9:5; 12:41; John 6:67-69], is the Church’s main bishop/shepherd [1 Peter 5:1], or Pope of Rome [1 Peter 5:13]. The primacy of the Roman See and the fact that Peter's successors are also popes is attested to by St. Clement, St. Ignatius of Antioch, St. Irenaeus, St. Victor, Abercius, Tertullian, St. Cyprian, St. Dionysius of Alexandria, and Emperor Aurelian.