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553. Jesus entrusted a specific authority to Peter: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”287 The “power of the keys” designates authority to govern the house of God, which is the Church. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, confirmed this mandate after his Resurrection: “Feed my sheep.”288 The power to “bind and loose” connotes the authority to absolve sins, to pronounce doctrinal judgements, and to make disciplinary decisions in the Church. Jesus entrusted this authority to the Church through the ministry of the apostles289 and in particular through the ministry of Peter, the only one to whom he specifically entrusted the keys of the kingdom.


Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

408. What is involved in the common good?

392. What is sin?

517. What are the duties of workers?

385. What are the theological virtues?

113. What were the accusations by which Jesus was condemned to death?

178. How are the people of God formed?

87. In what way is Jesus Christ true God and true man?


Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

What is the meaning of Jude 1:4, which speaks of the condemnation of those who pervert the grace of God?

How to deal with conflicts and disagreements between brothers: the example of Joseph’s children (Joshua 17-19)?

What is the importance of obeying the Word of God? What does the Bible say about those who do not follow sound doctrine?

What are 5 important lessons about wisdom found in Baruch 3:9-12?

How to experience communion with God?

The power of community: the unity of the Jewish people in Esther (Esther 9:1-5)

What is the true nature of evil, according to the story of Job described in Job 2:1-13?

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