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Of course he was.
Matthew 16:13-19New International Version (NIV)
Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples,
Who do people say the Son of Man is?
14 They replied, Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still
others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.
15 But what about you? he asked. Who do you say I am?
16 Simon Peter answered, You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.
17 Jesus replied, Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not
revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell
you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the
gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the
kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[c] bound in heaven, and
whatever you loose on earth will be[d] loosed in heaven.
"Pope" or "Father figure of the Apostles and later the Bishops"
A man given authority to hold the keys of the kingdom of God, to bind on earth
to be held so in heaven. Wow. God gave this authority to Jesus and JEsus gave
it to other men.
the dukester, American-American
The Catholic Church is like a thick steak, a glass of red wine
and a good cigar.