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Should The Catholic Church Publicly Elect Its Leaders?
This would make the members feel more engaged in the Church.
A lot of modern people feel less in touch with the Church and its practices. Allowing public elections would give them a voice and a greater ability to modernize the Church.
Publicly elected leaders have better incentives to engage well with the public than internally appointed leaders.
Changes from traditional church doctrine often make more conservative Catholics feel
with the Church.
survey in 2012
found that nearly three quarters of Catholics were satisfied with the leaders of their Church, which suggests that members may not need to feel, or be, more engaged with the selection of Church leader.
A religion (apart from anthropologic/biologic discussions) from its own perspective is not about feeling engaged, but about following a truth apart from any feeling. Anything else is a non-essential positive add on or consequence. So it is irrelevant for the purpose.