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Papal Primary, Apostolic Succession, and Infallibility


A Homily Given the Weekend of August 24, 2-14

“… and upon this rock I will build my Church, … and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.”
Two friends were planning to set up a business. One of the friends knew someone with the right connections that could help them make a go of their start-up venture. They were seriously consid­ering bringing him on as a partner. But, one night, the friend who knew him went out for a drink with this potentially helpful as­sociate, and listened as the man called his wife on his cell phone to tell her he was staying late at the office, all the while winking at the friend. The meeting ended pretty quickly after that, with no mention of the venture or an invitation to be part of it. The friend told his other friend, “If he could lie so easily to his wife, how can we trust him?”
In today’s gospel, we hear about Peter’s profession of faith and his primacy as pope. 

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