“Out of the whole world one man, Peter, is chosen to preside at the calling of all nations, and to be set over all the apostles and all the fathers of the Church. Though there are in God’s people many shepherds, Peter is thus appointed to rule in his own person those whom Christ also rules as the original ruler. Beloved, how great and wonderful is this sharing of his power that God in his goodness has given to this man. Whatever Christ has willed to be shared in common by Peter and the other leaders of the Church, it is only through Peter that he has given to others what he has not refused to bestow on them.

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[Jesus] continues: “And I say to you.” In other words, as my Father has revealed to you my godhead, so I in my turn make known to you your preeminence. “You are Peter”: though I am the inviolable rock, “the cornerstone that makes both one,” the Foundation apart from which no one can lay other, yet you are also a rock, for you are given solidity by my strength, so that which is my very own because of my power is common between us through your participation.

“And upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” On this strong Foundation, he says, I will build an everlasting temple.” The great height of my Church, which is to penetrate the heavens, shall rise on the firm foundation of this faith.

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Blessed Peter is therefore told: “To you I will give the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth is also bound in heaven. Whatever you lose on earth shall be loosed also in heaven.”

The authority vested in this power passed also to the other apostles, and the institution established by this decree has been continued in all the leaders of the Church. But it is not without good reason that what is bestowed on all is entrusted to one. For Peter received it separately in trust because he is the prototype set before all the rulers of the Church.”

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Pope St. Leo, the Great

Sermo 4 de natalis ipsius

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  1. Avatar Ashpenaz says:

    Which means–every ordained minister carries on the ministry of Peter. Lutheran, Anglican, UCC, Baptist, male, female, gay, straight–anyone ordained by a community of baptized Christians by means of laying on of hands is ordained in the ministry of Peter.

    • Pedro Gabriel Pedro Gabriel says:

      It is certainly baffling how you could get that interpretation from this quote.

    • Avatar jong says:

      Did Jesus gave Duplcate Keys to other ordained minister as you implied?
      Who ordained this minister if they do not followed the Apostolic Succession of Peter?

      • Avatar jong says:

        Sorry Pedro Gabriel,
        My post was meant for Ashpenaz.
        May Mama Mary bless you more with wisdom and graces to defend our beloved Luminous Pope Francis. My Jesus mercy.

  2. Avatar Ashpenaz says:

    There is nothing in this quote that suggests the Petrine ministry is limited to Rome–it is found in all ordained leaders. This is a major part of the Lutheran-Catholic dialogue in Declaration on the Way.

    http://www.usccb.org/news/2015/15-147.cfm

    • Pedro Gabriel Pedro Gabriel says:

      There is nothing in that quote that suggests the Petrine ministry is not limited to Rome and extends to all ordained leaders (and much less that he would consider women, as you do, as legitimately ordained)

      A Pope writing in the 4th century AD would simply not understand Petrine office in the anachronistic way you believe it to be. It is simply an implausible interpretation.

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