The pope's not supposed to be an offender of God, tho. Elevating the creation (as just one example) detracts from giving *all* of the glory to the Creator. (I'm pretty sure "thou shalt have no other gods before Me" includes "thou shalt have no other gods alongside Me", even lesser ones.)
I have reverence for God, and nothing else shares/competes with my reverence. Not even a Bible. I have reverence for the words, but not any given printed version of them. It's just a paper and bindings. Placing one's hand on a Bible and swearing to anything, is stupid. Same with the American flag. Go ahead and burn it; it's just fabric.