maandag 15 april 2013

CHAIN OF COMMAND IN ROMAN CATHOLICISM

CHAIN OF COMMAND IN ROMAN CATHOLICISM


The government the Vatican mimics is not that of a church, but that of the Roman Empire. Like the Imperial Rome, her power structure is similar, with senate (curia), ambassadors, and a world net of influence. The Roman Catholic hierarchy consists of the pope, cardinals, patriarchs, major archbishops, archbishops, metropolitans, coadjutor archbishops, Diocesan bishops, coadjutor bishops, Episcopal vicars, eparchs (bishops of the Eastern Churches), Vicars apostolic, prefects apostolic, apostolic administrators, and vicar generals. Most Roman Catholic pastors or parish priests deal with the last on the pecking-order regime, "the vicar general." 

Crushed beneath this ponderous hierarchy are the nuns and laity. As they serve "Holy Mother the Church", they obviously fail to reflect that this hierarchy is composed solely of celibate men. "Also subject to the Holy Father are titular archbishops and bishops, religious orders and congregations of pontifical right, pontifical institutes and faculties, papal nuncios and apostolic delegates." "Assisting the Pope and acting in his name in the central government and administration of the Church are cardinals and other officials of the Roman Curia."

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