Even if you want to cast the Pope as the head, he could not live without the body, but the Catholic position (post Vat1) seems to be that the Pope is self-sufficient, which completely nullifies Paul's commentary in Corinthians, Ignatius Eucharistic definition of the body, and the centuries of practice within the Church.
Take for example, Second Council of Ephesus. It was rejected by the Church at large (and later councils) though those in attendance believed themselves sufficient to establish the faith. In this case, an entire council, not just a Pope, was show to be "incomplete" without the whole of the Church.
Until the Fifth Lateran Council (after 1500 years of Christian tradition) was the primacy of the Pope established according to modern convention. And even then it wasn't until 1870 (as I mentioned before) that the tree bore its completed fruit.
We are a body, not a football team.
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