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Decrees of Vat. Ecum. Council I

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  • SESSION 4 : 18 July 1870 - First dogmatic constitution on the church of Christ
    • Chapter 1 On the institution of the apostolic primacy in blessed Peter
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Chapter 1 On the institution of the apostolic primacy in blessed Peter

    We teach and declare that,

[PROMISED]

    It was to Simon alone,

that the Lord,

spoke these words:

[CONFERRED]

    And it was to Peter alone that Jesus,

confided the jurisdiction of supreme pastor and ruler of his whole fold, saying:

    To this absolutely manifest teaching of the sacred scriptures, as it has always been understood by the catholic church, are clearly opposed the distorted opinions of those who misrepresent the form of government which Christ the lord established in his church and deny that Peter, in preference to the rest of the apostles, taken singly or collectively, was endowed by Christ with a true and proper primacy of jurisdiction. The same may be said of those who assert that this primacy was not conferred immediately and directly on blessed Peter himself, but rather on the church, and that it was through the church that it was transmitted to him in his capacity as her minister. Therefore,

let him be anathema.




42 Jn 1, 42.



43 Mt 16, 16 19



44 Jn 21, 15-17






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