I asked this in the Eastern Christianity forum, to try and keep the Orthodox guys on their toes, but then I realised that I didn’t know the formal Catholic teaching on this issue and so I couldn’t really make a convincing argument. Anyway, in Matthew 23, we have this:
1Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2"The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.
So my question to the Orthodox guys was, what happened to Moses’ seat after the time of Jesus and the apostles? Now it is my understanding, that the seat of Moses and the seat of Peter are one and the same. In other words, what we call the seat or chair of Peter, we could equally well call the seat of Moses, and the seat changed its name when Peter became the first Pope. (I also understand this to be a title, rather than a literal seat.) Does this confirm with Catholic Church teaching, or does Catholic Church teaching even address this issue? Also, if the chair of Peter is not the seat of Moses, then why do we not have to obey the Jewish leaders?
Thanks in advance.