Rebuttal: Of course we do, and we are very proud of it.
What the Bible Says
In Other Words
Jesus was the most influential person to ever walk the face of the earth. His message was the most powerful message of all time. His fame exceeds even the most famous Hollywood stars, infinitely more times over. Why would a man so powerful, so glorious, so influential hand his authority over to a common man? Sure, Peter is the 'Rock' of the Catholic Church, but he was not born that way. He was an imperfect man much like you and I. He even denied Jesus. Why would Jesus trust him?
Jesus understood that in order for his message to carry forth, for his Church to be built - he had to build a team. He chose to call forth men who were seemingly unqualified to get the job done (Matthew was a tax collector and Peter a fisherman), to make an example out of them. You see, the apostles needed Jesus, but Jesus had to leave this earth. Any good leader who has to leave his / her team behind understands the value of a strategic plan. Alas, the authority of The Catholic Church is revealed, explained and handed over to the twelve men charged with the duty of spreading the Good News and building Jesus' church upon the 'cornerstone.'
What the Church Teaches