Actually, that is not exactly true. Catholics count Peter as the first Pope, based on a misinterpretation of gospel where Christ asked his disciples a momentous question: “Whom do men say that I am?” (Matt. 16: 13). The disciples reported what others said as to Jesus identity (vs. 14). However, Jesus placed the focus on them, “But whom say ye that I am? (vs. 15). Peter then confidently answered: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” (vs. 16). Jesus then commends Peter and confirms Peters answer (vs. 17). Jesus then enunciated: “And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (vs. 18).
Some contend Peter was the rock upon “which” Jesus would build his church. The word “Peter” (petros) does mean stone. Peter was a mere man. Peter stood in the way of Jesus sacrificial offering, denied the Lord, and sinned publicly (Matt. 16: 21-23, 26: 69-75, Gal. 2: 11-14). Does the church rest on Peter, a man? Back to “upon this rock.” When Jesus said, “upon this rock I will build my church ,” he used a different word in the original (”rock” here is petra).
“Upon this rock,” identifies Jesus as the foundation of the church, not Peter. Jesus is also the head of the church and the savior of the body (Eph. 5: 23).
I don’t think any body that has been responsible for the death and persecution of thousands of dissenters and collaborated with Mussolini and Hitler during WWII should claim to be the “true church”.
This isn’t a rap on individual Catholics, including the one I married.
You neglect to mention ‘the keys’ in the following verse, but it is not like your mind isn’t already made up so I won’t waste time pointing out the holes in your interpetations.
I get it now, for 2012 years the Catholic church has been misinterpreting scripture...luckily you came along to straighten her out....I have to put my money on one of you two.....OK, I've decided.