Oh they follow them in so many woes:Yes, I agree totally that the RCC just makes up anything to bind or loose - they must have followed in the footsteps of the Pharisees and the Scribes in Jesus' day by veiling the Scriptures and perverting their meaning so that the people who wanted knowledge of the Scriptures were deprived of it.
In the Christian dispensation though, it was the apostles who were given the "keys of the kingdom" - not that they could admit certain individuals into the kingdom while excluding others by a mere word, but that, as Paul said, they were "entrusted with the Gospel [of Christ]" and so opened or closed the kingdom as they proclaimed the Word of Life or withheld it. So, in that sense then, every minister today, and even every Christian, who teaches the Word also possesses the "keys" and admits to, or excludes from, the kingdom. Peter was given that key, and he used it to unlock the kingdom to those to whom he preached.
The Roman Catholic Church claims they have full ownership of the "keys" given to Peter by Christ. But if that is the truth, how do they use the "keys"- how do they make known the message of salvation and so open up to others the way into the kingdom of heaven?
The institution is hypocritical and places burdens on the people.
They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.