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Subject:  Re: Is Peter the Rock on which Jesus Built his C Date:  10/7/2012  11:58 PM
Author:  JoshRandall Number:  183318 of 197863

When Peter (first pope) was told by Jesus to feed his sheep, and was given the power to bind and to loose, that was a delegated power given to Peter to work on behalf of but through Jesus himself. Jesus therefore appointed Peter to act on his behalf while He returned to the Father. Peter was made the earthly head of the Church, i.e., on this rock I will build my church. CCC 882: "The Pope, Bishop of Rome and Peter's successor, "is the perpetual and visible source and foundation of the unity both of the bishops and of the whole company of the faithful."402 'For the Roman Pontiff, by reason of his office as Vicar of Christ, and as pastor of the entire Church has full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church, a power which he can always exercise unhindered.'"403
CCC 875 "...The one sent by the Lord does not speak and act on his own authority, but by virtue of Christ's authority; not as a member of the community, but speaking to it in the name of Christ. No one can bestow grace on himself; it must be given and offered."


http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_counc...

But the college or body of bishops has no authority unless it is understood together with the Roman Pontiff, the successor of Peter as its head. The pope's power of primacy over all, both pastors and faithful, remains whole and intact. In virtue of his office, that is as Vicar of Christ and pastor of the whole Church, the Roman Pontiff has full, supreme and universal power over the Church. And he is always free to exercise this power. The order of bishops, which succee