Both the Catholic and Mormon faiths have a sort of hierarchical structure within their respective Churches. At the top we see two contrasting roles, the Mormon President (filled by people such as Joseph Smith or Brigham Young) and the Roman Pontificate (or the Pope). What are the differences in authority, control, and election of these leaders?
The Roman Pontiff
- is a successor of St. Peter.
- has valid Holy Orders.
Thus, he shares in Christ's authority.
Q. How do we know that the bishops of the Church are the successors of the Apostles?
A. We know that the bishops of the Church are the successors of the Apostles because they continue the work of the Apostles and give proof of the same authority. They have always exercised the rights and powers that belonged to the Apostles in making laws for the Church, in consecrating bishops and ordaining priests.
Mormons cannot claim this. Theirs is a man-made sect with solely human authority.