Is the Pope's authority binding in the canonization of a saint?

If Jesus gave Peter (1st Pope) the authority here on earth over matters concerning the Church as in Matthew 16, does the Pope, when he deems someone a saint through God, does that person get to go to heaven because of the authority given to him? I know that we have just one judge who decides whether we get there or not, but if the Pope, a successor of Peter was given the title of steward, is his authority binding?

The following links should help answer your questions about papal authority. If you have any further questions, please contact Catholic Answers directly.

Recommended Reading:

Is Saint canonization infallible?

The Authority of the Pope Part 1
by the Early Church Fathers
The Authority of the Pope Part 2 by the Early Church Fathers

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. For official apologetics resources please visit