Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, but do so with gentleness and reverence.”
cf. 1 Peter 3:15-16
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QUESTION OR COMMON OBJECTION:
Even if Peter had authority, that does not mean that it passed on to the later popes.
Jesus told Peter and the apostles to preach the gospel to all nations. The only way they could do this was if their authority was passed on to successors.
Then they prayed, ‘You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this apostolic ministry.’”
Just as Americans can trace each president back to George Washington, Catholics can trace each pope back to Peter.
For additional video reflections on Apostolic Succession in the Bible, and of the significance of the continuous authority established by Jesus within the living voice of the Church, please see:
All over the world, all Catholic bishops are part of a lineage that goes back to the time of the apostles. So where does the Bible talk about the beginning of this apostolic succession? Tim Staples gives the answer on Catholic Answers Live.
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Let us pray.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”
Saint John Paul II, pope
Jesus, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (cf. John 6:68).
Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always. Holy Family, pray for us. Amen.