[quote=michael777]"Peter was the head of the Church, and his replacement is also the head."
thats not right
Jesus never said that
he said he would build his church ON PETER
To be hoenst i think peter was very doubtful and jesus said all that to ecourage his new faith and congratulated him on finally accepting jesus as the messaih
because of course peter wasnt the first to belive in jesus as the messiah at all.
so even though jesus changed peters name for him to make him feel confident and encourage his faith (as jesus does lots of times to lots of different people in the gospels )
changed it to cephas from simon . simon peter himself couldnt have been the first rock because there was others before him
so there were rocks under the rock.
You really need to take a course on writing – your disjointed and disorganized approach makes your posts hard to follow.
Jesus created a Church – an organization.
Organizations need heads. He chose Peter.
When Peter died, the organization still existed, and so it needed a replacement for Peter (in this case Linus.)
We have many examples of the Popes acting in their proper role in the very early Church – for example, the First Epistle of Clement to the Corinthians. They had driven out their priests and bishops, and the Bishop of Rome told them to take them back – and they obeyed him.
The Catholic Church has been in existance nearly 2,000 years now, and to question its organization at this late date seems a little silly, don’t you think?