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Should The Catholic Church Publicly Elect Its Leaders?
Public elections could see the Church address a lot of its deep-rooted, structural issues.
The Catholic Church has infamously large issues with sexual abuse within its organization.
Elected leaders would not owe their power, authority, and status to the existing power structures, and thus would be more willing to make structural changes.
Until the Middle Ages Church leaders were
elected by popular vote
. Sociocultural reasons, not religious reasons, are why public elections are not used to determine the leaders of the Church today.
Elected governments have significant problems enacting even minor changes.
Elected governments have deep-rooted structural issues, mainly because of bribes and such. Therefore public election might not be the solution for the Church