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What Do the Words “Bind and Loose” Mean in Matthew 16:19?

Question:

How does the Catholic Church understand the meaning of "bind and loose" in Matthew 16:19, where Jesus says: "And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven?"

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