malkie, people don't follow the pope as an all-knowing leader, and that's certainly not within church doctrine or dogma. your criticisms seem valid on some levels (applying to one what you apply to another), but in some cases, you're having to stretch doctrines or general facts to the breaking point. the pope does not speak for tens of millions of christians, and probably not for tens of millions of Catholics as well. he is the leader of catholicism, but even within catholicism, there is much disagreement with him and with each other. i'm certain you'd be hard pressed to find that to be the case within scientology.