How does the Catholic Church
has made it this long?
One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic Church
For about 2000 yrs. the Catholic Church
The One Church that Jesus founded has
been preserved through close 2000 yrs in
It is the Church of Jesus & the Apostles.
The Church that God wills for all Eternity.
It is the same Church that Jesus Himself
founded, and The Holy Spirit guides through
1. How does the Catholic Church has made it
2. What is going to guarantee, it will continues
until Jesus comes again?
Jesus wants to preserve the Church
This is all Jesus put into place to preserve
his Church until He comes again:
And Holy Orders
Jesus chose the First Pope
If you give someone a very important
Do you would choose someone who denies
you, not once, not twice, but 3 times?
Maybe you would chose someone who is more
loyal to you, and who deserve to be your friend!!
But Jesus; however, did something else!
Peter was the one Apostle, Jesus choose to be
the Head of His Church.
Jesus saw in Peter not a friend, who denied
Him, but a ROCK.
Jesus saw a strong man, humble by his
weakness and Now ready to be loyal to Christ
even it will cost him his life which eventually did.
This Apostolic Succession
Peter is the ROCK in which Christ
build his Church.
Peter was the first Pope of the
Beginning of unbroken line of Bishops
We call This Apostolic Succession.
Peter means ROCK
Jesus set Peter over the whole Church to lead it,
and eventually laid down his life for it.
PETER means “Rock”: Jesus gave Peter this
name; his original name was Simon.
Jesus said: “You are PETER, and on this Rock, I
will build my Church.” (Mateo 16:13-18)
In the Scriptures a person receive a New name to
show that he has a new mission, which was true with
Peter receive a new name, a new mission,. He was
the foundation of the Church
The Keys from His Kingdom
Jesus gave Peter the Keys from his Kingdom, too.
He gave the keys of the Kingdom of God, to a poor
fisherman; someone who denied him, when He was
in his way to the cross.
Peter was entrusted with the Keys of the Kingdom of
“And so I say to you, you are Peter, and on this
rock I will build My church, and the gates of
netherworld shall not prevail against it.
And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of
heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be
bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth
will be loosed in heaven.” (Mt 16:18-19)
This is real authority: Peter was just the 1st Pope in
the long unbroken lien of Popes throughout the 2000
yrs of the Church’s History.
Fishers of Men
Jesus called Peter -the fisherman- on the sea shore; and
Jesus said: I will make you fishers of men (Matthew 4:18-22)
Since the 1st day that Jesus call Peter, He fished for the
souls of men.
This Apostolic Succession
When Jesus began His public ministry, he
called 12 man, to share his ministry with them.
Jesus called each of them out of their every
day jobs and life to follow Him.
This Apostles travel with Jesus; they
helped Him, and listen to Him.
◦ They love Jesus and Jesus love them.
Jesus entrusted the Apostles with a very
The Mission was to preach Jesus’ message
Promise to send the Holy Spirit
Jesus ascended into Heaven,
but He promise that He will send the Holy Spirit to teach
them all things
APOSTLE: from the Greek word that means Emisary.
An Emissary or Apostle es a person who is sent on a
mission from someone else.
Jesus send the apostles to on a Mission:
◦ “…As my father has sent Me, even so I send you” (John 20:21)
◦ “Go and teach all nations” (Mathew 28:19)
The apostles were chosen by Jesus, called by Jesus
and sent out by Jesus to all the people of the world.
Jesus has a mission, too!
Jesus entrusted the apostles with a very
important mission, His own mission!
Who sent Jesus on His Mission? The GOD
FATHER sent Jesus down to earth to save us
from our sins.
When Jesus died y rose, He fulfill the Mission
that the Father gave him, but he hasn’t done yet…
Jesus need to appoint the apostles to carry on
His mission, so all people and all nations, will
know that He save them.
He not only gave them the mission, but also,
Jesus gave the apostles the power to carry it out.
Jesus said the apostles that he never leave
them. So he send the Holy Spirit.
SACRAMENTS OF THE HOLY ORDERS
Through out the time the Church, has never been
without Bishops and Popes to lead her
In fact, you can trace your Bishop, all the way
back to the 12 apostles
How you can do this? Through the SACRAMENTS
OF THE HOLY ORDERS ,
Jesus ordained the apostles as the first priest and
bishops of the Church
Then, the apostles ordained more men to be priest
Until today, your Bishop was ordained by another
Bishop, and all whom have received this power from
The Bishops are called “The Successors of the Apostles”.
Apostolic Succession: means the Bishops were chosen, and
ordained to carry on the Mission of the Apostles: THE MISSION OF
ST Peter and the apostles knew that they were call by God, for a very
important mission leading, helping, and serving the Church, us.
The Pope and the Bishops who help Jesus have
the power to ordain other Priests and Bishops
◦ through the Sacraments Of The Holy Orders, so that the
line es never broken.
The Pope learned from Jesus how to serve
those, whom he is head of, and whom he has
The Pope mission is to watch over his flock, and
help each person on earth to love Jesus, and
The Bishops carry in his hand a CROZIER as a
sing of His duty, to be a “Good Shepherd “ of his
267 Popes in History of Catholic Church
Peter was the apostle chosen by Christ to be head of the apostles, and head of
the whole Church.
First 4 Popes: St. Peter, St. Linus, St Anacletus, & St. Clement.
The current Pope is “Pope Francis”.
There has been 267 popes during the whole History of Catholic Church.
ever since Jesus chose the 1st Pope, (“Peter”) the line of Pope, who is the Head
of the Church has been unbroken, even till today.
Jesus clearly set Peter the head of the Universal Church from the very
Carry a Big Responsibility: TO TEACH
One of the roles of the Pope and the Bishops is to teach
millions, and million of souls.
But God did not leave them alone, with this responsibility: He
promise that He will be with the Apostles, and now their
So The HOLY SPIRIT guides the Pope & the Bishops, in union
with him, to teach what is True.
This is a PROMISE of “INFALLABILITY”
The Pope & the Bishops, in union with him, are infallible.
INFALLIBLE means that the Pope & Bishops, in union with him,
can never teach error. (because the Holy Spirit guides them)
The Pope can only teach the TRUE in matters of Faith and
And it is GUARANTEED that it is the THRUTH by the Power
of the HOLY SPIRIT.
◦ Therefore, the Pope is INFALLIBLE– the Pope can teach only the true,
in matters of faith and morals.
Our Church is Apostolic and build on the Apostles, who
were chosen by Jesus to lead the Church.
The Head of the Apostle is Peter, the 1st Pope.
The Office of the Papacy continues to guide the Catholic
And we look the Pope as our Spiritual Father and Shepherd
to guide us.