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As the successor to St. Peter, the pope's role is to be an earthly father to the people of God (The word pope means "father.") He is also the shepherd appointed by the greatest Shepherd of them all - Jesus (Jn 21:15-17). As Peter led the apostolic college, so his successor, the pope, leads the episcopal college of bishops (Catechism 880). In this capacity, he confirms his brother bishops and the priests in Faith (Lk 22:32), and works with them to spread the Gospel and to pastor the flock of God (Mt 28:18-20; 1 Pt 5:1-3; Catechism 882). The document Lumen Gentium of the Second Vatican council (1962-1965), speaks of the pope's role as the Church's "principle of unity." This means that he has "full, supreme, and universal power over the whole Church" as the successor of St. Peter and head of the college of bishops (Lumen Gentium 22; Catechusm 882).
The pope protects the deposit of faith given to the Church two thousand years ago by Jesus. He does not make new doctrine, nor can he change a doctrine to mean something different from what it meant in the past (Catechism 891). His role is to pass on the faith to the Church (Jude 3).

Hope this helps! - ManOfKnowledge

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The Pope is the leader of the Catholic Church and is considered by Catholics to be the highest spiritual authority on Earth.

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He is a leader of a Catholic Church..

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But what does he DO?
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I don't know & I don't care..
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He is the leader of over 1 Billion Catholics. The anwer by Manof Knowlege is very good. The Pope leads Mass (worship services) and acts as the spokesperson for the Catholic Faith and people.

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Since Vatican City is an autonomous city-state (independent country), the pope is also the "Head of State" - basically equivalent to a Prime Minister.

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He covers up all the scandal in the Catholic church.

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The pope is not an "earthly father" to the people of God. "Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven." Matt 23:9.

Nor did Jesus appoint a "pope" to be a shepherd over the universal church. Jesus appointed men to serve as elders in their local congregations and shepherd the members of that local congregation. "Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers" I Peter 5:2. And, among the qualifications for being an elder are that the man must be married and have children that are in submission to him in reverence. "For if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?" I Tim 3:1-5 I don't think the pope meets these qualifications...

Jesus said "I will build MY church". Matt 16:18. He did not say "I will build a church and then name a pope to rule over it for me." I don't think Jesus needs any help :)

Christ's last words when he died on the cross to wash away our sins were "It is finished" - meaning he had finished his purpose in this world. His death put an end to our need to ever rely again on any kind of priest or "pope" to intercede for us with God.

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he orders the church around until he dies

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I totally agree with Akee.... Jesus is the only way, truth and life.. and our only Father is in Heaven "God". Is the pope an authority? Yes, probably he is. But is not the leader of all the Christians, our only leader is Jesus, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit...

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it's a holy man

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lol
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who are u
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the pope is the leader of all Catholic Curches and ps i am Catholic and that is how i know this stuff yeah

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pope are Catholic Church leaders

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Little Boys.........

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The pope is the catholic church president.

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He wears cool robes, reads from hand-written books, and has others follow him with random expensive rods and staffs.

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if you dont know the answer to this question than its none of your business

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the name of the website is ask.com, they ask questions

you are a fool
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He popes duh ! Don't leave stupid answers .

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