This is a thread about Peter. I have read the Catholic doctrine about him being the "First Pope" and Jesus establishing the papacy through him. I am not sure what to make of that, but at the same time I understand why Roman Catholic friends of mine believe it, even if I am unconvinced of the truth of their position. We do know that Peter is the apostle who has the biggest role in the gospels. Jesus appears to address him the most, and at times almost seems to deputize him "leader of the apostles" though definitely maybe the head of a board of equals. Even if "on this rock I will build my Church" does not mean make him Pope, he surely must have recognized Peter's great faith and fortitude even in times of trial ( sort of stone or rocklike in his determination?) From what I recall, most of the time Jesus is reproving or correcting Peter, for Peter's lack of understanding or at times lack of faith. Peter does dissapoint Jesus at times, especially his thrice denial of him (done under considerable fear of torture or crucifixtion but still.) I don't want to get into any disparagment of the Roman Church (as that is against forum rules.) I am not a Catholic myself. I am just somewhat intrigued by Peter's role in the gospels, wonder why and how he features more prominently than say John, James, Thomas, Phillip etc. Did he have any special role in the early Church? or was he just one of Jesus' many flawed but pious and devoted followers?