That said, here is her first post to me:
First of all, do you like switchfoot, because that is a most important matter to clear up?I definitely like Switchfoot! I hope that's ok :D
Do you give as much authority to the Pope's words as you do to scripture?
As for your second question, I don't want to give a simple "Yes" or "No" answer because I'm afraid it might imply things I don't intend. I will say that, when the pope speaks as the Successor of St. Peter, in his role of feeding and tending God's people, on a matter of faith and morals that is to be binding on the whole Church, then his words require our obedience. Of course, Scripture requires our obedience too. So, they are both authoritative voices in the life of a Catholic. But, they are authoritative for different reasons.
The Bible is authoritative because it is the inspired revelation of God. It is God's self-communication, inspired by the Holy Spirit. The pope is authoritative because, when he intends to speak authoritatively (which isn't always the case) his words are protected from error by a charism of the Holy Spirit given to the Successor of St. Peter. This charism is called "infallibility."
So, they're both authoritative, but no one would say that the Pope provides "new revelation" or that his words are a "new Scripture." The Bible is true because it is inspired by the Holy Spirit. The authoritative words of the pope are true because his conclusions, while formulated using his own ability to reason, are protected from error by the Holy Spirit. Does that make sense? I realize it's a nuance, but it is still an important distinction to make.
I hope that answers your question.