07-21-2016, 02:29 PM
"Truly I say to ye (Greek plural "you"), that whatever ye (Greek plural "you") may bind on earth shall be binding in Heaven, and whatever ye (Greek plural "you") may unbind on earth shall cease to be binding in Heaven. Again I say to ye (Greek plural "you") that, when two of you should agree on earth on every matter that they may petition, it shall be done to them, by my Father in Heaven. For where there are two or three congregated in my name, there shall I be, amongst them.”
Christ gave St. Peter the keys to the Kingdom, but not exclusively to him. He gave them to all the Apostles who were the forefunners of the Bishops.
In the above verse, we see that Christ is speaking in the plural. He is no longer addressing Peter exclusively; He is addressing all the Apostles who were present. And according to the first verse of this chapter, these words (the very same words that He said to Peter about binding and unbinding) are now being said to all of His disciples. It was the authority of Bishop, which He was bestowing on ALL of His disciples, and to their successors, the Bishops of the Church. So, this supposed “unique” authority of the Bishop of Rome (Pope) -as Peter’s successor- is unfounded. ALL the Bishops of the Church are successors, to ALL of the Apostles! And the authority to bind and unbind consequently belongs to all of them, and not just one of them.