SimonSays The Pope speaks directly with God, and the Bishops are Apostles according to their creed.
No different to JW's.
The GB are prophets: w14 11/15 p. 30 11
"Revelation 11:3 speaks of two witnesses who would prophesy for 1,260 days...
However, true to the words of the prophecy, at the end of the three and a half
days, the two witnesses were brought back to life. Not only were these anointed
ones released from prison but those who remained faithful received a special
appointment from God through their Lord, Jesus Christ. In 1919 they were among
those who were appointed to serve as a "faithful and discreet slave"
to care for the spiritual needs of God's people during the last days."
The GB convey Jehovah's voice, via Jesus: w14 8/15 "Hear Jehovah's Voice Wherever
... In effect, Jesus also conveys
Jehovah's voice to us as he directs the congregation through "the faithful
and discreet slave." We need to take this guidance and direction
seriously, for our everlasting life depends on our obedience. 16 Many servants of Jehovah have avoided disaster by listening
to Jehovah during our meetings."
They elevate themselves to the level of Jesus: w10 9/15 p. 23 par. 8 "Your Leader Is One, the Christ"
The anointed and their other sheep companions
recognize that by following the lead
of the modern-day Governing Body, they
are in fact following their Leader, Christ.
Their publications are elevated to the level of the Bible: w08 4/15 p. 7 par. 19
"Elders do not go beyond the things that are written
in the Bible. And by extension, they do
not go beyond the Bible-based counsel written in the publications of the
faithful and discreet slave."
Their words come from Jehovah, not man: w42 1/1 p5 "Those who are convinced
that The Watchtower is publishing the opinion or expression of a man
should not waste time in looking at it at all, because a man's opinion proves
nothing except when that opinion is based wholly upon the Word of God. Those
who believe that God uses The Watchtower
as a means of communicating to his people, or of calling their attention to
his prophecies, should study The Watchtower with thankfulness of heart
and give Jehovah God and Christ Jesus all the honor and credit"
To ignore them is to be at odds with God: w11 7/15 p. 28 par. 17 God's Rest—What Is It?
"if we minimized the Bible-based counsel that we receive through the
faithful and discreet slave class,
choosing to follow an independent course, we would be placing ourselves at odds with God's unfolding purpose."
And we should blindly obey them: w13 11/15 p. 20 par. 17
All of us must be ready to obey any instructions we
may receive, whether these appear sound from a strategic or human standpoint or
The GB would have us believe they are more qualified than the apostles. Not even the Catholic Church are this haughty.