15 "And if your brother sins, go and reprove him in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother.
16 "But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed.
17 "And if he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax-gatherer.
(Mat 18:15-17 NAS)
If the sinning brother was the Pope (say, one from the middle ages), would this verse apply?
If the Pope is put in a position that makes him inaccessible for private conversation with an average layman Catholic, doesn’t that mean the Church has put a stumbling block in the way of individual Catholics obeying this command of Christ?
If a sinning Pope is not the “sinning brother” Jesus talked about here, please justify exempting the Pope from this passage.