February 22, 2017 – Excerpted from Put Out Into the Deep, Bishop DiMarzio’s column in The Tablet:
My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,
Since the Fourth Century, the Church has celebrated the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter. This celebration gives the Church an opportunity from this most ancient time to recognize the place of the papacy in our Catholic faith.
The Chair, or Cathedra, of St. Peter signifies the teaching authority which Peter and his successors exercises over the life of the Church. The New Testament gives us much to meditate on when we recognize Peter, the Rock, upon whom Christ built His Church because of Peter’s confession of faith when he said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God and the jaws of death, meaning the attacks of the evil one, will not prevail against the Church.”
This reminds us that Peter, in the Petrine Office, is essential to our understanding of the Church. It is truly unfortunate that in divided Christianity today we cannot come to a better agreement about the Petrine Office in the Church in the latitude the various rites have for their internal organization. It is Peter who confirms us in faith and strengthens us. And it is by Christ’s demand that he takes upon himself this mission.
Read the full text of the Bishop’s column on The Tablet website.