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Should The Catholic Church Publicly Elect Its Leaders?
Church officials owe obligations to their religion first, and not followers.
The purpose of the church is not to be popular or representative, but to follow what their religion teaches is correct.
The Church, in its mind, holds value solely because it reflects its understanding of God and faith, and so cannot do anything to stray from this.
An organised religion cannot exist without followers. It is counter-intuitive to disregard the desires of followers when the church depends on them as it currently does.
Pope Francis has said that priests should be
mediators between God and man
, as that is their obligation to their flock.