I read in an article that the Pope is the head of the Apostolic College and not the head of Catholics. This statement is a rejection of the headship of the Pope over each individual member of the body. I believe this statement is false yet I am opened to changing my mind given sound argument. I would therefore like to provide evidences to the contrary and then open this post to discussion.
Article in Question - https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2018/09/men-of-lawlessness
and I quote, “The pope is not the head of Catholics, he is the head of the apostolic college.”
‘Pope head of the Church’ - OP is unsure of the headship of the Pope
[Ephesians 5:23] RSV2CE For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the Church, his body, and is himself its Savior.
I believe this verse shows the headship of the Pope quite well. Notice that this is an analogy of two bodies. Jesus is described as the body of the Husband. The Church is described as the body of the wife. What goes without saying, yet is probably usually unnoticed, is the fact that the body of the wife does indeed have it’s own head. I would argue that to claim that the Pope is not the head the of Church and its members is paramount to decapitating the wife in the analogy given in [Ephesians 5:23] Note that in this analogy a function that is Christ’s alone is that of Savior.
Ephraim the Syrian
“[Jesus said:] Simon, my follower, I have made you the foundation of the holy Church. I betimes called you Peter, because you will support all its buildings. You are the inspector of those who will build on Earth a Church for me. If they should wish to build what is false, you, the foundation, will condemn them. You are the head of the fountain from which my teaching flows; you are the chief of my disciples. Through you I will give drink to all peoples. Yours is that life-giving sweetness which I dispense. I have chosen you to be, as it were, the firstborn in my institution so that, as the heir, you may be executor of my treasures. I have given you the keys of my kingdom. Behold, I have given you authority over all my treasures” ( Homilies 4:1 [A.D. 351]).
Pope Leo I
"Although bishops have a common dignity, they are not all of the same rank. Even among the most blessed apostles, though they were alike in honor, there was a certain distinction of power. All were equal in being chosen, but it was given to one to be preeminent over the others. . . . [So today through the bishops] the care of the universal Church would converge in the one See of Peter, and nothing should ever be at odds with this head" (ibid., 14:11).
I believe this article puts the issue to rest.
I believe the error is occurring where people have read that the Pope is the head of Bishops/Apostles and the articulation of his headship ends there. This occurs in many early writings. I would argue that his headship of Bishops betrays his headship of the Church.
So any takers?