St. Peter and His Successors Have Authority and Control

My Dear People,

Christ Gives His Authority to St. Peter and His Successors


“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” This is St. Peter as he is confessing his belief in Our Lord. When St. Peter speaks for himself, he speaks for the whole Church. We are included. Jesus then confers His authority to Peter when He declares him the “rock”. From this beginning foundation Christ hands on the “keys” to the Kingdom to the “rock”.

Those who have keys, have authority and control. Until the return of Jesus Christ, St. Peter and his successors have the responsibility of protecting and defending the Church. Now Pope Benedict carries the torch until his death. Then his successor continues on until the Second Coming of Christ. So, we the Church, long for the completion of God’s mission and plan. We hope to complete our part in the mission. We long to see Our Lord face to face. Come Lord Jesus, COME!

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,

Fr. Mark Bozada

May we always long for the return of Jesus Christ, Our Lord & Savior.

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7 comments to St. Peter and His Successors Have Authority and Control

  • terrig

    Dr. Calvert, how about writing a letter to Archbishop Timothy Dolan? I watched him on EWTN and I think he would listen to your concerns. I really feel for those Catholic parishes that don’t even seem Catholic. Fortunately for me, I go to a parish that has 24 hour Eucharistic Adoration. The pastor is a bit timid in his homilies but in the bulletin he encourages all kinds of Catholic devotions. For our mission, he brought in a young priest from the Fathers of Mercy. They are very traditional.

  • Bill

    St. Peter wasn’t even born when this was written.


    Bill, can you clarify that a little bit? Under that logic, I could say that the Catholic Church is no longer valid because I was not born when Jesus said that Peter was given charge of His Church.

    You are not trying to say that the old testament is not relevant for us today, are you?

    Hebrews 13:8
    Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.

    God bless you Bill,
    John Quinn

  • Bill

    I don’t believe that an Old Testament citation is a very good source on this issue.


    Good day Bill!

    Would you please be so kind to explain why?

    John Quinn

  • James

    I am having a “discussion” with a lapsed Catholic friend who has issues with Papal authority. He claims that Jesus did in fact declare Peter the Rock but it stopped there and there is no biblical evidence that Peter had the authority to confer his power and authority on his successors. Please help!


    Hello James!

    Good job. Well let’s ask him this. Is there evidence that God would establish one leader and give that leader the power to pass on that God-given authority?

    Deuteronomy 34:9
    And Josue the son of Nun was filled with the spirit of wisdom, because Moses had laid his hands upon him. And the children of Israel obeyed him, and did as the Lord commanded Moses.

    It’s a good place to start. You may also want to check out Catholic Answers. Their apologists and forums are wonderful resources for when it comes to charitably defending the Faith.

    God bless you,
    John Quinn

  • Dr. Jim,Convert

    One serious matter I see in the church, from personal experince, is that a newly ordained priest that exchibits tradition and holiness , can be persecuted without any recourse by the local priests and bishop, mainly because of his incardination into a diocese as a priest from a seminary. He is at the mercy of the superiors, irregardless of their supposedly apostleship responsibilites and liberal seculoar practices. Especially when they function in an apostate group.
    As a physician, we even have recourses and can have non-prejudicial opinions and recourses available for fair justice, whereas the Priesthood does not seem to allow the newer good priest to survive.Only a parish priest or equivalent, comes under Canon Law, so the newly ordained is helpless and seems to have no justice.
    Recently there was an article in Spirit Dialy, where the seminarians vowed to change things and to once again to have respect for our church.
    When I saw that, I had to think–” Good luck kids. Wait until you hit the wolves dens out there and you get stiffled.” Of course it depends where you go. It is a known fact all through my, diocese that gifted priests are immediately transferred to the periphery of our diocese.
    I often wish that I could personally speak to a bishop, as one in your group, to get some help and input.
    I have heard of deincardinatin and reincardination or some such thing for a priest to reassigned and the lambs and sheep would then receive the true faith in it’s essence and not a watered down version.

  • Dr. Jim,Convert

    It is noted that Bishop Peric also does not believe in “ANY APPARITIONS”, BY HIS OWN WORDS, IN AN INTERVIEW. I have met priests in my own area who also believe the same thing and flagrantly abuse the Blessed Sacrament and when reported to the Judicial Vicar of the diocese, the Bishop conveniently turns his back on the situation. I really think that priests in the seminanry should have trainning in management and prove their ability in this area before ordination.
    I realise that the Catholic Church is a massive orgaization and many get lost in the crowd and go their own way.
    The fourth of my 7 children, abused in the church, became a traditonal priest and is being persecuted for same,– for love of the Blessed Sacrament and our Blessed Mother. He is he fourth priest of the seven he was ordained with to have this happen. The Local archbishop expounds traditon, even Eucharistic adoration, but when a challenge comes between an apostate priest and a faithful traditional one,he turns his back so as not to “rock the boat” and lets the liberal-secular ones dominate. When challenged through cannesls, it turns out that he “has connections in Rome.” what does that mean ?
    I am an older retired professional now and with some effort, remain in the Church because of the Sacraments, tradition, and personal experiences

  • Joel Fago

    Pope Benedict has challenges with wolves in sheeps clothing. One is Bishop Peric of Mostar. The venom he recently spewed forth regarding Vicka, one of the Medjugorje visionaries was disgraceful. However, it may speed up the establishment of the new diocese, Medjugorje, which may lead to the Vatican Commission issuing a positive statement on Medjugorje!!!

    As far back as at least 1998, Bishop Peric showed that he was out of control:

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