While reading the Baltimore Catechism here I noticed the following three statements:
[quote=Baltimore Catechism]116. Q. Who is the invisible Head of the Church?
A. Jesus Christ is the invisible Head of the Church.
117. Q. Who is the visible Head of the Church?
A. Our Holy Father the Pope, the Bishop of Rome, is the Vicar of Christ on earth and the visible Head of the Church.
118. Q. Why is the Pope, the Bishop of Rome, the visible Head of the Church?
A. The Pope, the Bishop of Rome, is the visible Head of the Church because lie is the successor of St. Peter, whom Christ made the chief of the Apostles and the visible Head of the Church.
Now, #116 I can back up with scripture:
Col 1:18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.
cf. Eph. 1:22 and 5:23.
#117 says though that the pope is the “visible” head of the church. Now, I can’t find verification for this in scripture, the idea of “two heads, one visible, the other invisible.”
#118 says this is so because the pope is the successor of Peter.
Here’s the difficulty I have agreeing with this:
The church is the body of Christ, right?
And correct me if I’m wrong, but catholicism sees the body of Christ as being visible.
Under this idea, we have a visible body (the RCC), a visible head (the pope), and a second invisible head (Jesus Christ).
Does the analogy of “the body of Christ” hold up with two heads for one body?