Through my study's of the bible, I've seen no clear reference that Peter was called the "Pope". Jesus did say to Peter, "Upon this rock I shall build my church." That was in reference to Peter or the "Rock". Now Peter was the first Apostle to break the Jew/Gentile barrier when he had a heavenly vision from God that told him to meet with a Gentile and tell them the "Good News" or Gospel of Jesus Christ. If anyone would be claimed as the "Pope", I would think it would have to be the Apostle Paul, who made the incredible inroads with the Gospel all over Asia-Minor. In fact it was Paul who reprimanded Peter for being hypocritical before the Gentiles when in the presence of the Jews and Jewish believers(Acts). Can the Catholic church truly be traced back to the time when the first churches were happening as recorded in Luke's book, called Acts. These churches were not initially started in Rome, but actually started throughout the Mediteranean coastal cities, as attested by Paul's letters to the Ephesians, Galatians, Phillipians, Corinthians, Colossians, and of course Romans. Did Jesus say anywhere in the bible that there should be a person with the influence of the Pope? In fact, is there any reference to believers having dead Saints intercede for them(their prayers)? Did Jesus tell his disciples, or did the Disciples tell their followers after Pentecost, that they should look to Jesus's earthly Mother Mary, or the 12 Apostles as intermediators between God and them when praying? I'm not writing this to slam the Pope as a person. I just would like some biblical perspective from the folks in this forum. Can the Catholic church truly trace it's roots to the first home churches of Acts, or did it really start under the direction of the first Christian Roman Emperor, and that would put it later than the beginning of the church that actually started at Pentecost. Is it possible that Peter was literally claimed by the Church of Rome as their first leader although there isn't any historical connection between Peter, and the beginning Roman church? Try to eliminate dogmas or traditions, and just look at the scripture.........What does it say about church offices. Do these office holders have a better connection to God than the penniless pauper who is a believer? Does the common believer need interceding from dead Saints to "ASAP" needs before God? Doesn't Paul refer to all believers as Saints?