I don’t understand how the Pope suddenly becomes God’s representitive, once elected

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Q: I don’t understand how the Pope suddenly becomes God’s representitive, once elected.

A: Jesus personally established the holy office that today is known as the papacy, and he did it authoratatively and decisively, while he still walked the earth.

Since the Church will necessarily endure until the end of time, the Church proceeded to develop the mechanism to elect replacements and assistants for Peter and the apostles.

The bishops are the ordained rulers of the Church. The Pope, once elected from those ranks, becomes the primary ruler and chief pastor.

The power of binding and loosing was given to the Pope and to the bishops together, as the rulers of the Church, by Jesus Christ.

The “Keys to the Kingdom” … also personally given by Jesus, remain in the hands of the Pope alone.

Faithtful to his word, what the authentic Church binds on earth, God duly binds in Heaven.

Hence, when a new Pope is elected by the bishops of the Church the power and the authority of the office go with that appointment.

The Pope wields awesome and virtually unrestricted power. He remains the only absolute monarch on the planet, ruling both Church and the Vatican State. And he does it according to the express wishes and the foreknowledge of none other than Jesus Christ, who remains the head of the Catholic Church.

Some seem to think that corruption or other faults should disqualify one for the papacy, yet the Judeo-Christian tradition demonstrates just the opposite, since God has always been in the habit of using murders, thieves, adulterers, and worse, to do his will.

King David was an adulterer and a murderer, yet Jesus himself is descended from that royal line.

Such is the power of God and his grace.

In short, if the papacy is acceptable to Jesus, who personally established and constituted the office, and who remains the head of the Church, which will endure until the end of time, who are we to say anything to the contrary?

And should one attempt to reinterpret scripture according to their own ends, denying the facts of the papacy, and  attempting to make void the express acts of Christ himself … the authentic history of the world clearly affirms the existence of an authentic, supreme leader of the universal Church on earth, existing constantly from the day of Pentecost, right up through today, some 265 in number.

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