St. Peter’s imperfections and his role as a ‘wounded healer’

If you were going to choose the perfect person on whom to found a church, whom would you choose? Apparently not someone like St. Peter.

Peter – son of Jonah, brother of Andrew, a fisherman by trade, one of the first disciples, and the first bishop of Rome; he was originally called Simon, but was given the name Cephas (“rock”) by Jesus.

Christian tradition interprets this “rock” as the foundation on which the Lord set the church; but many who knew Cephas might have thought it was a nickname for a disciple who wasn’t too bright and had a habit of demonstrating that fact.

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