Wandile, I would appreciate it if you could cite your sources for these quotes you pull from. I ask this because the quotes you pull from are so short and brief that I am deprived of their context. After which we can compare our excerpts and try to square them with our respective positions so as to not talk past one another. Not a problem. Will do but probably tomorrow. Tonight is ash Wednesday and then I've got a bit of work to do after.
As far as your Hilary quote goes, the text I provided gives far more detail as to what he meant and it does not line up with Catholic claims. Hilary in my quote also calls Peter the rock, but then explains further.
With all due respect, that is eisegesis.
The quote you provided did not even begin to dismiss catholic claims. In fact it perfectly lines up with them. The Saint Hilary quote you provided shows that he believed Peter to be the rock as a reward for his confessions as he said :
"but by seeing the revelation of the Son of God from the heavenly Father; and worthy and just, was he such that in Christ of God he was the first to recognize. Oh! By appellation of a new name the fruitful foundation of the Church, worthy and built is the rock..."
He then goes on to speak of the indefectibility of that very rock and how its authority is first to be recognized in heaven. The quote I provides shows his firm belief in Peter as the rock as he states it more manifestly and blatantly as confirmation of my reading of your passage when he says:
"Blessed Simon, who after his confession of the mystery was set to be the foundation-stone of the Church, and received the keys of the Kingdom..."
There are other quotes by St. Hiliary that undermine your position.
Had ye seen, O holy and blessed men (the apostles), who for the reward of your faith have received the keys of the kingdom of heaven and power to bind and to loose in heaven and earth, works so great, so truly Divine, wrought by our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God; and do ye yet profess that it was not until He had first told you that He had gone forth from God that you attained the knowledge of the truth?
On the Trinity book 6.33
This faith it is which is the foundation of the Church; through this faith the gates of hell cannot prevail against her. This is the faith which has the keys of the kingdom of heaven. Whatsoever this faith shall have loosed or bound on earth shall be loosed or bound in heaven. This faith is the Father's gift by revelation; even the knowledge that we must not imagine a false Christ, a creature made out of nothing, but must confess Him the Son of God, truly possessed of the Divine nature. What blasphemous madness and pitiful folly is it, that will not heed the venerable age and faith of that blessed martyr, Peter himself, for whom the Father was prayed that his faith might not fail in temptation; who twice repeated the declaration of love for God that was demanded of him, and was grieved that he was tested by a third renewal of the question, as though it were a doubtful and wavering devotion, and then, because this third trial had cleansed him of his infirmities, had the reward of hearing the Lord's commission, Feed My sheep, a third time repeated; who, when all the Apostles were silent, alone recognised by the Father's revelation the Son of God, and won the pre-eminence of a glory beyond the reach of human frailty by his confession of his blissful faith! What are the conclusions forced upon us by the study of his words? He confessed that Christ is the Son of God; you, lying bishop of the new apostolate, thrust upon us your modern notion that Christ is a creature, made out of nothing. What violence is this, that so distorts the glorious words? The very reason why he is blessed is that he confessed the Son of God. This is the Father's revelation, this the foundation of the Church, this the assurance of her permanence. Hence has she the keys of the kingdom of heaven, hence judgment in heaven and judgment on earth.
On the Trinity book 6.37
St. Hiliary makes it clear that by faith all of the Apostles were to receive the power of the keys and that faith is the ultimate foundation of the Church which holds the keys and will prevail against the gate of hell.