That's a big call, hoss. You toted up the numbers recently I take it? Particularly the count that Islam's two principal sects of the Sunni and Shi'ite have inflicted on each other over the past six hundred odd years? I've no idea which screed you've pulled this one from, but, um, no. Catholic Catechism in no way suggests the Pope's pronouncements, whether ex cathedra in the very limited dogma of infallibility, or generally, are to be taken above the Bible. No Catholic abides by that principle or belief. From the Catholic Catechism, paragraphs 818-20, which are more or less the definitive beliefs prescribed for Catholics on the subject: 817 In fact, "in this one and only Church of God from its very beginnings there arose certain rifts, which the Apostle strongly censures as damnable. But in subsequent centuries much more serious dissensions appeared and large communities became separated from full communion with the Catholic Church - for which, often enough, men of both sides were to blame." The ruptures that wound the unity of Christ's Body - here we must distinguish heresy, apostasy, and schism - do not occur without human sin: Where there are sins, there are also divisions, schisms, heresies, and disputes. Where there is virtue, however, there also are harmony and unity, from which arise the one heart and one soul of all believers. 818 "However, one cannot charge with the sin of the separation those who at present are born into these communities [that resulted from such separation] and in them are brought up in the faith of Christ, and the Catholic Church accepts them with respect and affection as brothers .... All who have been justified by faith in Baptism are incorporated into Christ; they therefore have a right to be called Christians, and with good reason are accepted as brothers in the Lord by the children of the Catholic Church." 819 "Furthermore, many elements of sanctification and of truth" are found outside the visible confines of the Catholic Church: "the written Word of God; the life of grace; faith, hope, and charity, with the other interior gifts of the Holy Spirit, as well as visible elements." Christ's Spirit uses these Churches and ecclesial communities as means of salvation, whose power derives from the fullness of grace and truth that Christ has entrusted to the Catholic Church. All these blessings come from Christ and lead to him, and are in themselves calls to "Catholic unity." That sounds to me like the Catholic Church has a rather wider view of who is a Christian and who isn't than your particular sect does. You seem to have missed exactly what the Catholic part of "Catholic Church" is aimed at. Revelation 5:8. Revelation 8:3-4. James 5:16-18. Hebrews 12:22-23. 1 Timothy 2:1-15. All of them clearly point out (a) saints have prayers to offer in heaven (b) prayers of righteous men have great power with God. (c) Christians are told to pray for each other, which would include saints. I'll leave aside the Mary thing, since that's another story, but at least read your Bible or go and see what the "other side's" justifications are before playing demagogue games by answering your own questions. That's before we go anywhere near the idiocy of Biblical literalism.