The Bishop of Rome, successor of St. Peter,
is heir to the gift of the keys to which
Jesus refers in Matthew 16:16;
and the bishops of the world are successors to the
He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?“
said in reply, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."
Jesus said to him in reply, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.
For flesh and blood
has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly
And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock
I will build my church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not
prevail against it.
I will give you the keys to the kingdom of
Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
"I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But
when he comes,
the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth