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What the Church Teaches
St. Ignatius of Antioch, the preceding bishop of St. Peter, and a disciple of St. John was consecrated bishop of Antioch in 69 AD. He said, “Through the ordained ministry, especially that of the bishops and priests, the presence of Christ as head of the Church is made visible in the midst of the community of believers.” That was close to 30 years after the death of our Lord, Jesus Christ! The Church still teaches this to this day.
In Other Words
The community of believers referenced here, is the structure that the Catholic Church uses today. The ordained bishops and priests of the Church understand that Christ is the Highest Priest so that by keeping the traditions of the Church, He is made visible to all. It is clear that those who are servants of the gospel, deserve our highest respect and a share of material resources (tithing). The Catholic Church neither holds up the Pope (the chair of St. Peter) higher than Jesus, nor does it teach to do so. Therefore, it is not the “chair” of Peter, but the “throne” of God that we are honoring. We honor these men because of the office they hold and being our spiritual 'fathers' as Paul states in 1 Tim 5:17. We hold them in high regard because they point the way to Christ. The body of Christ, the Church, respects these men of honor - and we should too. After all, they are the best examples on earth to what it means to be Christ-like. To be clear, Catholics do not worship the Pope nor do they worship Saints - we worship The Son through those He has given his authority and sanctifying grace to.