The Importance of the Papacy Nikolas Ognenovic

In Jesus’ message to St. Peter: “I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Mt 16:19). It seems certain that Jesus is granting Peter a unique authority over the Church.

The First Vatican Council further defined papal infallibility, which holds that the pope is preserved from error when teaching dogmatically on matters of faith and morals.

A difference was that the Second Vatican Council began its teaching first on the ministry of the bishops and then addressed the pope in relationship to the bishops.

There have always been opponents to the pope’s authority and jurisdiction over the Church. This teaching has origins directly from Christ’s commissioning of Peter to be the visible head of the Church.

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