WERE THE FATHERS UNANIMOUS IN THEIR INTERPRETATION OF THIS SCRIPTURE?And Oldgee and truth, I believe if you removed your forced ignorance, you'd see that the Catholic Church didn't open up their Bibles and proceed to start a church like everyone after Luther did.
The Bible came from the Church. Everything flowed together in unison. Church, sacred tradition, and sacred scripture. You can't isolate one and definitely can't use one against the other.
The Fathers of the church, as the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kenrick, USA, who attended Vatican I, himself acknowledged, were divided. Eight say the Rock means the twelve apostles as a body. Sixteen say it refers to Christ Himself. Seventeen say it refers to St. Peter and forty four say it means the faith which Peter professed. It is clear that the Rock of the church is the infallible Rock of Ages, the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.