But Christ is God. He can delegate some things to the Church, but the Church can never be God. It cannot stand co-equal with Him. The pope and combined bishops may be His successors on Earth, but they are not God either. They are mortal men and therefore imperfect. When they die, they die and they get buried. They don’t ascend into Heaven.
I see the Church as vehicle to bring me closer to God. I do not see God as a rationale for me worshipping the Church. That is just crazy.