“You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the Kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
The above words are inscribed around the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome in letters which are seven feet high. This is to reinforce the necessity of clinging to the magisterium of the Church: the Pope and the bishops in union with him. Our Blessed Lord only tells us of one door through which one can pass to gain entry to the Kingdom. For us Catholics, this should not make us triumphalist toward those who do not hold fast to the Bark of Peter. Rather, it should make us humble because we know that we are not worthy of the saving truths we possess.
Of all the things we hold to in life, the Creed should be that to which we hold the tightest. The Creed is the faith which Saint Peter received from Our Lord. Party platforms and politicians change with the time, but Saint Peter is constant. Saint Peter’s ministry is carried on by the Pope. For this reason, we will never go wrong if we hold fast to the person and teaching of him who sits in the Chair of Saint Peter.
God bless Pope Francis!