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The Unbroken Series of Successors of St. Peter

The relief above the main doorway of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, depicting
Christ giving the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven to the first Pope, St. Peter.

 

Thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my Church 
(St. Matt. xvi. 18)

The Church of Jesus Christ, inasmuch as it is a society, 
a kingdom divinely established, should have a Head. 
Her invisible Head is Jesus Christ Himself; her visible 
Head is our Holy Father the Pope. 

Who is the Pope? The Pope is the successor of St. 
Peter, the Vicar of Jesus Christ and His representative 
on earth, the Pilot of the bark of St. Peter, the visible 
Head of the Church, and the common father of all the 
faithful. 

We say the Pope is the successor of St. Peter. By 
making the Apostle St. Peter the foundation-rock, the 
corner-stone, of His Church, Jesus Christ promised him 
successors until the end of time. For this immovable 
rock implies that Peter will be the perpetual Head of 
the Church, and will be ever necessary to sustain and 
govern her
. But how will Peter always govern the 
Church, being mortal as the rest of men? How will he 
yet govern her after his death? By his successors, 
who will be the heirs of his power, of his privileges, and 
also of his apostolic spirit. Peter, as say the fathers, is 
ever living, and will always live, in the person of the 
successors
 whom Christ promised him in these words: 
Thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my Church, 
and the gates of hell shall not prevail against her. 

The promise of the Saviour has been fulfilled: Peter, 
having fixed his Pontifical See at Rome, has had as suc- 
cessors all the Roman Bishops or Pontiffs who have oc- 
cupied his See in the course of the ages down to our day. 

History unfolds to us this incomparable succession. 
It is a chain of gold held by the hand of Jesus Christ
Its first link is Peter, and we behold gloriously reigning 
the two hundred and fifty-ninth in the person of the 
august Leo XIII. After him the chain shall continue to 
lengthen until its final link is reached; that is to say, 
until the last Pope, who shall end his reign with the con- 
summation of the ages. 

This unbroken series of successors of St. Peter pre- 
sents us men who differed in name, in time, in character; 
but they all occupied the same See, and held in their 
hands the same keys, which were committed by Jesus 
Christ to the Apostle St. Peter. In other words, they 
taught the same doctrine, possessed the same power and 
privileges; insomuch that if the Prince of the Apostles 
were to return in person to exercise the Pontifical au- 
thority, his powers and privileges would not differ from 
those of the august Leo XIII., the actual possessor of 
His immortal heritage. 

The Popes may die; the Papacy neither dies nor 
changes


Let us thank God, my brethren, for having founded 
His Church on the indestructible rock of the Papacy
and let us always have the greatest reverence and love 
for our Holy Father the Pope, the successor of St. Peter.

Source: "SHORT SERMONS 
FOR THE Low Masses of Sunday. 
COMPRISING IN FOUR SERIES 
A Methodical Exposition of Christian Doctrine", 
BY THE Rev. F. X. SCHOUPPE, S. J.
Imprimatur 1884

 

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Blessed be St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles!

 

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Ad Iesum per Mariam | Reply 09.03.2017 17.39

Pray for more to wake up; to the truth that is visible to those who genuinely want to see it, the truth that liberates, the Truth that is Christ, Himself.

PAPAL RESTORATION STAFF MEMBER | Reply 08.03.2017 19.06

"We declare, say, define and proclaim to every human creature that they by necessity for salvation are entirely subject to the Roman Pontiff."
-Pope Boniface VIII, Unam Sanctam, Nov. 18, 1302, ex cathedra

Papal Restoration Staff Member | Reply 08.03.2017 09.38

Dogma of the Church: According to Christ's ordinance, Peter is to have
successors in his Primacy over the whole Church and for all time. (de fide)

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