There has been a challenge issued and I respond.
Jesus asks the Apostles one day, who do people say I am? After a few answers, Simon answers: “ You are the Messiah, Son of the living God! “ Jesus replies by giving Simon a new name, Peter; ( From the Greek Petras, or rock. ) and says “ Upon this rock, I shall build My Church… “ Now, Jesus addresses Saint Peter directly, not his answer, but the man himself; and gives him the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven among other things. This means that Saint Peter is declared head of the Church and thus the first Pope.
Now, here’s the thing: In the Jewish monarchy, the king’s chamberlain held the keys to the royal household and was thus, quite an authority figure in the king’s household and administration. That is what Jesus delegates to Saint Peter and his successors.
It’s not a full exegesis, I know; but enough to get the ball rolling.
I challenge any Protestant apologist on this site: Adhering strictly to your Sola Scriptura and the exact wording of this text and without quibbling; defend and expound why your interpretation is correct and the Holy Mother Church is “ wrong. “