Excerpt from A History of the Church: Beginning With the Tree of Life, and Up to the Twentieth Century
First - That St. Peter was deputed by Christ to be his vicar, and the head of the Catholic church; and that the bishops of Rome, 'being his successors, have the same aposto'lic authority; for our Saviour said in Matt, xvi. 18, Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church? By which rock they understand St. Peter himself, as the name signifies, and not his confession, as the Protestants explain it. And a succession in the church being now supposed necessary under the New Testament, - as Aaron had his succession under the old dispensation, which was a figure of the new-this suc cession can now, they contend, be shown only in the chair of St. Peter at Rome, where, it is asserted, he presided twenty-five years previous to his death; there: fore the bishops of Rome are his true successors.
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