Let us examine what the Early Church Fathers said in
the First, second and third century.
St. Chrysostom in his third homily on Penance, speaks
of Peter thus "Peter himself the chief of the
Apostles, the first in church" and when I remember
Peter, I name that unbroken rock, that firm
foundation, the great Apostles the first of the
disciples". "After so great an evil (The denial) He
again entrusted to his hand the primacy over universal
Eusebius, our church historian (AD 324) in this
Chronicle (2:150) writes: "The Apostle Peter when he
had first founded the Church of Antioch set out for
the city of Rome and there preaches the Gospel... He
Peter besides The Church of Antioch"
In short our Lord choose Peter to lead the Church. He
partnered Peter in his ministry and entrusted His
disciples and faithful to Peter. This is the reason
why the early church and other disciples accepted
Peter as their leader. So people who say Apostles
Thomas and Apostle Peter have the same authority have
not studied the Bible or have a hidden agenda. So the
stance of the Indian Orthodox Church is disobedience
to our Lord's words and denial of our Lord to so many
To be continued as part 2..