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Should The Catholic Church Publicly Elect Its Leaders?
Organizing such elections would be a huge drain on the Church's resources.
Church money could be better spent on charitable causes, or on causes that directly benefit the congregation.
There are an estimated
1.2 billion Catholics
in the world. The logistics and manpower needed to organise elections for that number of people would be enormous.
The need to fund elections may help the church prioritise the allocation of its resources from
tabernacles made of gold
to engaging with the flock more meaningfully.
It is not terribly difficult to organize and fund a letter-mailing and ballot-counting organization.
The Catholic Church has more than enough
to be able to afford this.
The Catholic Church could make use of the internet for the elections, making geographical distance a non-issue.