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Your pope doesn’t perform miracles the way Peter did, so how can you claim he’s Peter’s successor?

Question:

Your pope doesn’t perform miracles the way Peter did, does he? So how can you claim he’s Peter’s successor?

Answer:

We don’t claim he succeeds to the power to perform miracles. That power wasn’t passed on to Peter’s successors because there wasn’t any need for it to be passed on. Only those powers absolutely necessary for the preservation of the Church have been given to the popes.

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