I need to know this because it makes a difference to a non-Catholic who thinks that this authority was passed on to any disciple present in John 20:19-23. A non-Catholic thinks that every christian has that authority today.
The text (at least the translation I have here - NRSVCE) speaks of “disciples” and not “apostles”. How can we know that Jesus gave this authority to the 12 alone? If he did not give it to the 12 alone, what difference would it make to the structure of the Church and to the means of receiving forgiveness through it?
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