Importance of Papacy
"“I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.”(Mt 16:19). Jesus is granting Peter unique authority over the church. In addition, New Testament messages also speak of Peter's importance.
Defending the Primacy of the Pope
Recently, defending the papacy has gone further to unite Catholics with the entire world. Saint John Paul ll emphasized again the papal title taken by St. Gregory the Great’s title: “Servant of the Servants of God."
New Testament Passage: Primacy of Peter
Jesus confronts Peter and predicts that Peter will deny him, but then reassures him: “I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers” (Lk 22: of 32).
Teachings of Second Vatican Council
Teaching began on the ministry of the bishops and then addressed the pope in relationship to the bishops. The Christus Dominus and Lumen Gentium addressed how the bishops rule and bring unity to the Church.