The average Catholic is not against the hierarchical structure of the Church. She just has enough confidence to feel that the Church would be better off if some of her ideas made their way to the top. As traditionally diagrammed—pope, bishops, priests, laity—the Church looks more like an organizational chart for a corporation than it does a divinely inspired idea. But that’s okay. In any institution structured hierarchically, human or divine, the best ideas always come from the bottom up, and successful leaders understand that. Look at Microsoft®. Better yet, look at Jesus. He surrounded himself with women and fisherman. If the high priests had followed his example, “pharisee” might still be a job category.
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