Just yesterday, I learned how the Bishop of Rome (the Pope) came to be viewed as the leader among peers. I had thought it was because of Rome’s power and/or St. Peter’s being the first Pope who led from there.
But it is more than that. The bishops wanted someone to hold the office of “the presidency of love” so that when disagreements arose, one of their own could mediate the argument in the spirit of Christ. The Bishop of Rome was given that task and title.
Oh, that every spiritual leader would be said to hold a “presidency of love.” For it is that quality which gives any office its true authority and respect.