I’ve been reading some of Luther’s writings. Luther, as you know, is not exactly fond of the papacy.
He writes - and I get the impression that there is a pretty good consensus about that - that the papacy is handed over to Peter when he asks him three times if Peter loves him, and when Peter confirms, he tells him to guard his sheep. Peter is ordained here, if you will.
So when Jesus for instance says that he will build his church on Peter, it is predicting about this, and not handing over any authority as such.
Luther argues, that this “test” is a prerequisite for having authority in the church, and thus that a pope cannot rightfully hold the office unless he loves the Lord.
What do you think?