Pope

Italy PopeAfter training the disciples and Apostles to form the organisation of His Church, Christ chose Simon Peter and made him the leader. Simon, whose name Christ changed to Peter, was the Head of the Church. Christ promised to build His Church on Peter, saying: “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church” (Matt. 16:18). After the Resurrection He confirmed Peter’s authority over the Church, saying to him: “Feed my lambs; feed my sheep” (John 21:15-17).

This promise and mandate did not end with Peter’s death. There has been an unbroken line of successors to Saint Peter – the Popes. As much as Saint Peter, the Pope is the rock on which Christ builds His Church, and he has the same mandate to feed the flock of Christ.

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Main Powers

The Pope has supreme and complete power and jurisdiction to decide questions of faith and morals and to arrange the discipline of the universal Church. This does not mean that he has the right to make up the Church’s teachings…

Temporal Power

What is the Pope’s temporal power? The temporal power of the Pope is his power to rule an independent state as sovereign, free and independent from other governments. Because the Church is so large and because it has so many…

Privileges

The Pope is the Bishop of Rome, and has the following exclusive privileges: He has precedence of jurisdiction and honour over all other bishops. The Bishop of Rome’s jurisdiction extends over all Christendom. He is first in both authority and…