On the Democratization of the Church
Just a random thought, but I was reading this passage in 1 Samuel 8:
"But [Samuel's] sons did not walk in his ways. They turned aside after dishonest gain and accepted bribes and perverted justice. So all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah. They said to him, 'You are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.'"Bottom line: God established Israel as a priestly theocracy. The human leadership of this priestly theocracy became corrupt. All the other nations had monarchies, not priestly theocracies. The people, tired of the way the priestly theocracy had become corrupt and eager to be like 'all the other nations,' demanded that Israel become a monarchy too.
Translate 'Israel' into 'Catholic Church,' 'priestly theocracy' into 'episcopal hierarchy,' 'monarchy' into 'democracy,' and 'nations' into 'churches,' and you'll get an idea of why this made me chuckle. I know it's not a perfect analogy, but it's amusing. And, of course, you know what a disaster Israel's monarchy became.
# posted by Jamie : 11:05 AM