Jesus is the only “head of the church” (Co! 1:18). He alone has “all authority” over it (Mt 28:18-19). Peter confessed Jesus as “the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Mt 16:13-18). Jesus blessed Peter for making this good confession, and added that on “this rock” of truth He would build His church. Out of 85 scholars claimed as Catholic, only 17 thought Peter was the rock. Jesus is the one foundation (I Cor 3:11) and Peter (whom Paul once rebuked for sinning, Gal 2:11-14) was merely one among several leaders of the church in Jerusalem. He was a prominent leadere, not superior. Neither he nor any apostle had a “successor.”
Peter as a bishop was required to have a wife (Mt 8:14; I Tim 3:2). He did not allow others to bow down to him (Acts 10:26). He was never called Reverend or Father (Mt 23:9). Jesus was and is the “chief Shepherd.” He directs all affairs in the church, His body, through the Scriptures, and warns not to add to or take from it (2 Tim 3:16-17; Gal 1:10-13; Jude3; Rev 22:18-19).