No matter how much Catholic teaching seems to be watered down today by various so called ‘christian’ churches, there are some undeniable facts and truths that shall never be changed. The gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church, and the Church is Jesus Christ. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and God was the Word” (Jn 1:1).
“Jesus came into the quarters of Caesarea Philippi, and He asked His disciples, saying: ‘Whom do men say that the Son of man is?’ But they said: ‘Some John the Baptist, and other some Elijah, and others Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.’ Jesus said to them: ‘But whom do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered and said: ‘Thou art Christ, the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus answering said to him: ‘Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jonah: because flesh and blood has not revealed it to thee, but My Father Who is in Heaven. And I say to thee: That thou art Peter,and upon this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. And whatsoever thou shall bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in Heaven: and whatsoever thou shall loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in Heaven’” (Mt 16:13-19).
Peter’s declaration of faith was not based on carnal knowledge, but on the revelation of Almighty God. Jesus built His Church on the faith of Peter, not on his intellect.
See how Jesus confirmed the primacy of Peter and the ship of faith. “It came to pass, that when the multitudes pressed upon Him to hear the word of God, He stood by the lake of Genesareth, and saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them and were washing their nets. And going into one of the ships that was Simon’s, He desired him to draw back a little from the land. And sitting, He taught the multitudes out of the ship. Now when He had ceased to speak, He said to Simon: ‘Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a draught’” (Lk 5:1-4).
There were two ships and Jesus had His choice of which one to use. He choose Peter’s. The ship here is symbolic of the Church. And (Jesus) ‘sitting, He taught the multitudes out of the ship.’ Jesus sat in the Chair of Peter! The Primacy of Peter was here shown in the physical sense, and fulfilled in the spiritual when Jesus said: ‘Thou art Peter…’
The Lord said: “Simon, Simon, behold Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat, but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and thou, being once converted, confirm thy brethren” (Lk 22:31,32). Here we see that Jesus gave absolute authority and primacy to Peter when He said: ‘…confirm thy brethren.’
Feed My lambs and My sheep
“Jesus said to them: ‘Bring hither of the fishes which you have now caught.’ Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land, full of great fishes, one hundred and fifty-three. And although there were so many, the net was not broken. Jesus said to them: ‘Come and dine’” (Jn 21:10 12). It was Peter who was in charge, who did the Lord’s bidding, who went to bring in the harvest. The other apostles deferred to Peter, and through his care the net (the Keys of the Kingdom, the Seven Sacraments) was not broken.
“When therefore they had dined, Jesus said to Simon Peter: ‘Simon, son of John, lovest thou Me more than these?’ He said to him: ‘Yea, Lord, Thou know that I love Thee.’ He said to him: ‘Feed My lambs.’ He said to him again: ‘Simon, son of John, lovest thou Me?’ He saith to Him: ‘Yea, Lord, Thou know that I love Thee.’ He said to him: ‘Feed My lambs.’ He said to him the third time: ‘Simon, son of John, lovest thou Me?’ Peter was grieved because He had said to him the third time: ‘Lovest thou Me?’ And he said to Him: ‘Lord, Thou know all things: Thou know that I love Thee.’ He said to him: ‘Feed My sheep’” (Jn 21:15-17). When Our Lord said to Saint Peter to feed My lambs and My sheep, here He gives him the spiritual supremacy over His Church, to feed the hierarchy, the priests and the people.
“Peter standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and spoke to them: ‘Ye men of Judea, and all you that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known to you and with your ears receive my words, for these are not drunk, as you suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day: but this is that which was spoken of by the prophet Joel…They therefore that received his word were baptized: and there were added in that day about three thousand souls’” (Ac 2:14-16,41). When Jesus said: ‘Greater things than this shall you do…’ here Peter and the Apostles convert 3,000 in one day!
The supremacy of Peter can never be doubted, and those who do so are neither Catholic nor Christian.
With such Divine Authority and commissioning given by Jesus Christ Himself establishing the supreme government of His Church, it is absolutely impossible that any temporal government or sect try to usurp the authority given by the Lord Himself. Therefore, it is directly repugnant to the law of God and His Holy Catholic Church, that anyone should try to do so. The permanent establishment of the Catholic Church was granted by the mouth of Our Saviour Christ Himself to Saint Peter whilst He lived and was personally present here on earth, and told Peter to ‘go, teach all nations.’
Temporal man cannot be head of a spiritual organisation.
Temporal man cannot usurp the Divine command.
The Kingdom of God must be defended with the same dedication and conviction like any other kingdom.