[quote=michaelgazin]An argument against the primacy of Peter comes from the Church fathers, and is a supposed quote from Augustine’s Retractiones, “It was not said to him, ‘Thou art a rock,’ but ‘Thou art Peter,’ and the Rock was Christ.” I have searched extensively online for the text of Augustine’s work, but have found nothing, and so cannot verify this quote’s accuracy, or in what context it lays. Can anyone clarify this?
another is this:
St. John Chrysostom (Homilies of St. John Chrysostom Homily LIV)
“Upon this rock, that is, on the faith of his confession. Hereby He signifies that many were not on the point of believing and raises his spirit, and makes him a shepherd.”
Any clarification would be great
In addition to what everyone else said, it should also be noted that some writers, such as St. Hilary, in the same book, interpret the verse differently. Thus, some of them, at least, saw no contradiction between saying that Peter’s faith is the rock of the Church. And that Peter is the rock of the Church. Heck, even our catechism makes the point.
**424 **Moved by the grace of the Holy Spirit and drawn by the Father, we believe in Jesus and confess: 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. On the rock of this faith confessed by St. Peter, Christ built his Church.
**552 **Because of the faith he confessed Peter will remain the unshakable rock of the Church. His mission will be to keep this faith from every lapse and to strengthen his brothers in it.