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."