Catholics believe that the Catholic Church was built on Peter, Matt. 16:18. How do you explain Matt. 16:23? Just 5 verses later.
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*]Peter and the Papacy
*] Peter the Rock
*]Is the Church built upon Peter or his confession of faith?
*] Did Peter found the Church in Rome?
*] Peter leading the Church in Rome?
]Apostolic Succession (Fathers)
]The Authority of the Pope Part 1 (Fathers)
]The Authority of the Pope Part 2 (Fathers)
]Origins of Peter as Pope (Fathers)
]Peter’s Primacy (Fathers)
]Peter’s Roman Residency (Fathers)
]Peter’s Successors (Fathers)
*]Was Peter in Rome?