St. John Chrysostom 54th Homily On the Gospel of St. Matthew.
3. What then saith Christ? "Thou art Simon, the son of Jonas; thou shalt be called Cephas.""Thus since thou hast proclaimed my Father, I too name him that begat thee;" all but saying, "As thou art son of Jonas, even so am I of my Father." Else it were superfluous to say, "Thou art Son of Jonas;" but since he had said, "Son of God," to point out that He is so Son of God, as the other son of Jonas, of the same substance with Him that begat Him, therefore He added this, "And I say unto thee, Thou art Peter, and upon this rock will I build my Church
;"that is, on the faith of his confession.
Hereby He signifies that many were now on the point of believing, and raises his spirit, and makes him a shepherd. "And the gates of hell" shall not prevail against it." "And if not against it, much more not against me. So be not troubled because thou art shortly to hear that I shall be betrayed and crucified." http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/200154.htm
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The Byzantine Catholic
I understand that you were answering VladCatholic, Byz, but I can provide you with some quotes from St. John Chrysostom that show that he also believed that St. Peter himself, as well as his confession, was the Rock upon which Christ built the Church. I believe St. John also said that Christ Himself was the Rock upon which the Church is built.
See, the thing is, all those things are true.
The Fathers said St. Peter was the Rock, his faith was the Rock, and Christ was the Rock.
And our Lord did
make St. Peter the leader of the Church, and the bishops of Rome were his successors.
There's no harm in admitting that.
It's the truth.