How did Jesus start the Catholic Church?

Everyone says that the Catholic Church was formed by Jesus. Where does it say this? I’m not saying it’s not true, I just wanted to make sure I heard correct.

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23 Comments to “How did Jesus start the Catholic Church?”

  • Matthew

    Catholicism is the only Christian Faith . They are lead in worship By the Pope who was given the Keys to Heaven From Jesus . Through Apostolic succession From Peter the First Pope they worship Jesus, And thru The Holy Tradition Of the Saints formed the Biblical doctrines, Such as the Trinity, Sunday service, Easter, And Christmas teach Grace alone for salvation, Did not remove books From the Bible but preserved the writings of the Jewish Old testament which the protestants threw out , Catholics want to worship Jesus with all 5 of their senses .
    Music for the ears,
    Incense for the nose,
    Statues and art for the eyes,
    Please pray a sincere prayer with all of your heart admitting to Jesus you are a sinner. Have full faith that His blood pays off all of your sins and accept His gift of everlasting life. And give your confession to a Priest Jesus never said to confess your sins to either him Or to the Father pray that God blesses you with peace. Amen
    The truth is that Jesus is God, and Jesus loves you so very much! :D
    Say this Prayer
    Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
    where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    where there is injury, pardon;
    where there is doubt, faith;
    where there is despair, hope;
    where there is darkness, light;
    and where there is sadness, joy.
    O Divine Master,
    grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled
    as to console;
    to be understood, as to understand;
    to be loved, as to love;
    for it is in giving that we receive,
    it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
    and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

  • Muldah

    It is a wresting of this scripture

    Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

    They claim that Peter was the first pope and this verse is Jesus appointing him thusly. When we read the context, it become quite clear that this is wresting of scripture. The rock that Jesus speaks of here is the belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God – Peter himself is not the rock described.

  • Carbon 14


    It was formed by the greatest Apostle of Jesus…. Paul

    Paul is much more influential to the spread of Christianity than Jesus was. look it up. I am sure you can find it on Wikipedia if you don’t own an Encyclopedia.

    The Roman Catholic Church started the Universal Church of Rome
    And was Established in 325A.D. During the first convening of The Council of Nicea.

    In fact Jesus turned away the Gentiles.

  • Neil5624

    The Jesus story is a myth.

    Rev. Neil

  • Steve P

    He didn’t, he started the Christian Church and preached the good news of his Father Jehovah’s Kingdom. Something the Catholic Church does not do.


  • HTacianas

    Jesus sent his apostles out to preach the gospel. Each of them founded at least one Church. One of those churches was the Roman Church. The book of Romans is addressed to them.

    You normally hear the Catholic Church being founded by Jesus in the context of Protestant/Catholic polemics. But many other Churches were founded before and after the Roman Church. They exist today in the form of the Orthodox Churches.

  • David

    right here Peter The Rock

  • Will G

    Jesus did not form the catholic church. Neither did the Apostles. The Christian branch from Jewish religion was created after Jesus had died and (according to the religion) resurrected. The Apostles then went out to convert people into the faith. When Paul began to allow people to convert to Christianity without becoming Jewish first, the Christian religion completely branched off (methodically) and prospered thanks to the Roman Empire years later.

    The Catholic Church was developed when those who supported religious icons (Catholics) and those who didn’t supports religious icons (Orthodox) split off. For a short time, there were two popes… one Catholic and one Orthodox.

  • spooks

    It wasn’t. Jesus never went to Rome. The catholic church was founded in Rome 300 years after Jesus died. It was founded on it’s own interpretations of Jesus’s teachings.

  • Jon (LDS "Mormon")

    He didn’t. This is why there was a need for the restoration. Look at the bible. There was a great apostasy foretold in the bible.
    “11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord:
    12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.”
    Amos 8:11-12
    “2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
    3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;”
    2 Thessalonians 2:2-3
    Both of these scriptures foretell that before the second coming of the Lord, that an incredible “falling away” will come first. That there will be a “famine in the land.. of the hearing of the words of the Lord.” This is why the LDS church is the “restored gospel”, because there was this great apostasy. So the answer is Christ didn’t start the Catholic Church. The priesthood was taken from the earth. So there had to be a restoration of the true and full Gospel.

  • Origami

    History speaks of only one Christian church up until 1054 when the Great Schism occurred. After that, the church was divided into Catholic and Orthodox, however, references to the word Catholic have been found in early church writings, most likely, a Roman interpretation of the universality of the teachings of Christ. To understand the complete unity of spirit of the early Christians is to understand a great deal about the ideals we all strive for today. We truly are brothers and sisters in Christ, and in the most Holy Eucharist, there is a wonderful meeting place filled with love and peace.

    The Catholic church today has preserved a great deal of the church’s history and God has shown great favor to her over the ages, with many miracles and apparitions (messages from heaven).

    In regards to these messages, the church is obligated to scrutinize them closely to be sure that they are correct and in accordance with biblical teachings.

    The history of the Catholic Church is traced by the Catholic Church back to apostolic times and thus covers a period of nearly 2,000 years,[1] making it one of the world’s oldest institutions. The history of the Catholic Church is an integral part of the history of Christianity and of Western civilization.[2]

    Catholics consider the Catholic Church to have been founded by Jesus Christ, its spiritual head. Catholic doctrine asserts that it is the continuation of the Church that was founded at the Confession of Peter. It interprets the Confession of Peter as Christ’s designation of Apostle Peter and his successors in Rome to be the temporal head of his Church. Thus, it asserts that the Bishop of Rome has the sole legitimate claim to Petrine authority and the primacy due to the Roman Pontiff.[3][4][5][6] The Catholic Church claims legitimacy of its bishops and priests via the doctrine of apostolic succession and authority of the Pope via the unbroken line of popes, successors to Simon Peter.[7]

  • Charlotte

    God has nothing to do with the Catholic church or any man made religion. The truth is in what Jesus and the Apostles taught, and all these denominations are far, far away from God. They honor Him with their lips, but their hearts are far from Him. That is why I am not affiliated with any of them. If you are seeking the truth with your whole heart, God will send someone to teach you the truth as He did for Apostle Paul and the Ethiopian eunuch. The Catholic church was started in Niece, Italy in 325 AD. It was formed by the Niecean Council who started the trinitarian concept of God which is a lie from hell. They brought in pagan beliefs, holidays, worshiing idols, and the lie that the Pope is a mediator. (I Timothy 2:4,5 Matthew 23:8,9) Their is only ONE CHURCH, and it belongs to Jesus. Matthew 16:13-19. You will find the “keys” in Acts 2:38. It is the entrance to the kingdom of God, who is, Jesus Christ. GB!

  • capitalgentleman


    Followers of Jesus (a Jew!) created the Christian Church. Well, two of them – James (Jesus’ brother) formed the Jewish Christian Church, and the Gentile churches were pretty much founded by Paul. Peter had a role in the early days, although he and Paul did not get along very well at all. The Jewish Christians pretty much petered out by around 500AD, but the Gentile church continued, and does to this day.

    In about the 4th century, after Constantine became Emperor, the role of Rome increased in the Church as a whole. This was more for administration reasons – the Roman civil system crumbled, and the Church sort of filled in. However, the Church did become “Roman” until the big split with the Eastern (Orthodox) churches in 1054. The Bishop of Rome had been trying to assert dominance over the entire Christian Church, and the other Patriarchs (of which he was one). This was rejected by others, especially in the East, which went their own way. The West remained under the Bishop or Rome (the Pope), until the Reformation (with some minor groups splitting away beforehand).

    So, the entire church has never been Roman Catholic, ever. The Western Church was under the Pope for about 500 years, but that’s it. And, even then, there were regional differences, as in England, where there had been a British Church until 663AD, and even when it joined the Latin Church, the English kings retained certain rights, e.g., appointing bishops.

  • Susanna

    although they were probably the ones to have first created a “denomination” with Constantine as it’s creator, he mixed tons of paganism/eathensim with just a trace amount of Christianity thrown in this mixutre to fool/decieve MANY,it is a religion ALL IT’s OWN,they were not founded by Jesus, He is the Rock, Peter in Greek “pebble”,Jesus wanted ALL to hear His Word and follow Him, any “church” mentioned would be The People, WE are the Body:-) she has caused ALL of us to become drunk in her fornications, when the Protestants fled in attempts to preserve God’s Holy Living Word from the RCC’s Corruptions and Blaspheme, they Inadvertently took with them many of the False doctrines, ie. sun day in place of God’s Holy 7th Day Sabbath, the (satanic) immortal soul doctrine which in fact is the heart and soul of Heathenism amongst MANY MANY other Blasphemes (traiditons/rituals and plenty of false “counterfeit” doctrines made to lead astray and decieve, as satan, this church is good at what they do) against God, so in Rev. 18:4 Jesus warns ALL of us to Come out of “her” that we do not suffer her consequences, read it, just one Powerful Eye opening verse

  • StevieB

    Jesus founded NO church.
    St. Peter is credited with the foundation of what became the Roman Catholic Church centuries later ,which is why he is called the Rock upon which it was built and also alleged to be it`s first Pope.

  • Greggerjo

    He didn’t.

    There are some who would say that his disciple, Peter, was the first Pope. Historically, Peter was the first pastor of the Christian Church. Before He died, Jesus told Peter that he would build the church on Peter’s back and that he would give Peter the ‘keys to heaven (Matt 16:18, 19).’ The Catholics falsely interpret this scripture to mean that Peter would hence forth be infallible. But we see just weeks later, Peter betrayed Jesus in a cowardly act of denial… for which he later repented.

    They also claim that Peter had authority over the other Apostles. In Acts 15, we see Peter deferring to Paul and Barnabas on certain doctrines. In Galatians 2, we see Peter again deferring to Paul. And later in Gal 2 we see Paul correcting some false doctrine being taught by Peter.

    We do not see in the Bible where the pastor of the church in Rome (Peter – “Bishop of Rome” as they say) is given supreme authority over the church… it’s just not in there. Peter SHARES his office and responsibilities with the other Apostles. (2 Corinthians 13:10; Titus 2:15; 3:10-11).

    Furthermore, people no longer need a priest to mediate between them and God. That responsibility now belongs to God the Son, and He alone. “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5).”

    Regarding the papacy (office of the pope). I do not want to stir up anger or controversy, but I do want to point out some errors in doctrine that I believe my Catholic brothers hold. PETER HIMSELF SAID (1 Peter 5:1-6)

    To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder, a witness of Christ’s sufferings and one who also will share in the glory to be revealed: Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, serving as overseers—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not greedy for money, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away. Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.”

    A true leader is humble, a servant, not greedy for power or money. Whatever the papacy intended to do, it has since been devolved into just another religiously arrogant and greedy position. Jesus was homeless, but the pope lives in a palace. The apostles and disciples were servants… they were humble. The popes and bishops will have us kiss their rings and bow before them.

    JESUS is the cornerstone of and supreme authority of the Church. Ephesians 2:19-20

  • tricia_779

    The Catholic Church was not started by Jesus, or Peter or Paul. It was started by Man.

  • carl

    It’s simple really. Jesus gave authority to Peter and Peter in turn to his successor and so on. Fact: The Catholic Church has apostolic succession to St. Peter. This is a verifiable fact. As well, the early church for the first 300 years and more was governed from Rome. This is also a historical fact. We see Peter in Rome after he was forced out of Israel because of persecution.. The first use of Catholic as referring to the Christian church was recorded by St. Ignatius in about 107AD. After that we see the word Catholic and Christian being used interchangeably. There was no other Christian church during the first 1000 years other than the Catholic church, unless you count the heretics, like Arius, who believed Jesus was not God.

    Jesus gave authority to Peter–

    Mt 16:18 – “And I tell you, you are Peter**, and on this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

    ** – The name Peter comes from the Greek word for “rock”. Jesus makes him the foundation on which the church is to be built. The word “church” means “assembly” or “society” of believers. The Hebrew equivalent is used in the Old Testament to indicate the chosen people. In applying it to the church, Jesus shows it to be the Messianic community foretold by the prophets. *1

    Peter – Petros (Gk.): A masculine noun meaning “rock” or “stone”. Although a common word in Greek, there is no evidence that Peter was ever a proper name before Jesus renamed Simon. This accentuates the symbolism of the name: Simon is himself the rock upon which Jesus builds the Church. Further NT evidence suggests that Jesus’ words to Peter were originally spoken in Aramaic. in this language, the word kepha is the equivalent of Peter and denotes a “sizeable rock” — one suitable as a building foundation. This aramaic name is preserved as “Cephas” 9 times in the NT (Jn 1:42; 1 Cor 1:12; 15:55; Gal 1:18; 2:9, etc) At another level, Simon’s name change recalls the OT episodes where God renamed Abram as Abraham (Gen 17:5) and Jacob as Israel (Gen 32:28). Peter now stands in this biblical tradition where new names signify new God-given roles in salvation history. In Peter’s case, Jesus designates him the foundation stone of the New Covenant Church. Just as the Temples of the OT were built upon a great stone (1 Kings 5:17; Ezra 3:10), so Jesus builds his NT Church upon the foundational rock of Peter (cf. Eph 2:20; Rev 21:14). *2

    According to Jewish tradition, the foundation stone (Heb. ‘eben shetiyyah) of the Jerusalem Temple capped off and sealed a long shaft leading down to the netherworld (Rev 9:1-2; 20:1-3). The Temple, resting securely on a rock, was thus the center of the cosmos, the junction between heaven and Hades. Drawing from this background, Jesus guarantees that the powers of death and deception will not overcome the Church–i.e., the new Temple built on Peter. He enables Peter (and his successors) to hold error at bay and faithfully proclaim the gospel (CCC 552). *2

    The Keys: A symbol of teaching authority (Lk 11:52). Jesus consecrates Peter as the Church’s chief teacher, whose office will continue on through successors. In Mathew, Jesus is the new Davidic king, who appoints Peter the prime minister over the kingdom of heaven in the Church. Peter’s position is designed for him and his successors; the office is meant to endure as long as the kingdom itself. Entrusted with the keys, Peter wields Christ’s own royal authority (cf. Rev 1:18; 3:7). *2

    Whatever you bind…loose: Familiar language in early Jewish literature. The metaphor carries several connotations: (1) It signifies teaching authority and the ability to render binding decisions. Rabbis were said to make “binding” interpretations of the Law. (2) It denotes authority to include or exclude members of a religious community. (3) It signals the forgiveness of sins (Tg Neof in Gen 4:7). The verb loose is used this way in Rev 1:5 (translated “feed”) and by the early Church Fathers (cf. Jn 20:23). Peter is thus invested with Christ’s authority as the kingdom’s chief teacher and administrator; through him heaven governs the Church on earth (cf. Jn 21:15-17, 1 Tim 3:15; CCC 553, 1445). *2

  • answer4you

    Matthew 16:18-19…

    “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock ***I will build my church***, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven”

    From this reading you can see the following:

    -GOD establishes HIS Church on Peter
    -Peter first Pope and Leader of the Catholic Church

    So if Peter was head of the Catholic Church, and GOD establshed HIS Church on Peter, then GOD established the Catholic Church. Simple math… if A=B, & B=C, then it is safe to say that A=C.

    Some protestants will argue that this is not what Jesus meant. But let’s keep in mind that Jesus is very clear and very deliberate in His speech. He calls out to Peter, then says that HE would build HIS Church on Peter, then continues to give Peter the authority and with that authority also comes the ability to bind and loose sins…

    They will also argue that the rock which Jesus was referring to was the rock of faith. This is a BS translation, as nowhere in that verse does Jesus talk about Peter’s faith. It is CLEAR… Jesus calls to Peter, conveys title of Rock, and conveys the authority. Protestants don’t like to face this fact, because it would mean that their pastor has been wrong all this time and that the rock concert they attend every week (which they call service) is just that… a concert.

  • Danny H C.A.B.

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  • Lily

    He did not

  • seanbaker

    He did not start the catholic church. The catholics defy many of his teachings and have from the start

  • Gabe K

    Jesus founded the Catholic Church. Peter was the first pope. (Peter means rock by the way). Jesus did not go to Rome, peter did and that is how christianity got there. any one who has read the early church father’s writeings will know that they were all Catholic. up until Martin Luther, anyone christian not Catholic was orthodox or a heretic. not baptist. not mormon. the apostles were all faithful to the same church and did not start their own. The first time the word Catholic is ever even used is in one of the writeings of St. Ignatius long before 325. not to mention that Catholics can trace their heretage all the way back to peter. we have very strict apostolic succession.

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