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Should The Catholic Church Publicly Elect Its Leaders?
The Church is a divine institution and its leaders should therefore be selected by God and God's spokespersons.
According to Catholic teachings, the foundation of
lies in understanding human nature. God has defined what constitutes human nature therefore only God and God's representatives on Earth are best qualified to decide who should be elected.
It is implied in the
that Church leaders should be chosen by God.
Catholic teachings concede that the Bible is the
word of God rather than the literal word of God. This implies that traditionally held catholic teachings such as how the Catholic church elects its leaders can be subject to change.
Presumably, all candidates for the positions will feel called by God to run, just like priests feel called to the priesthood in the status quo.
The underlying assumption of current Vatican elections is that God speaks through the Cardinals. There is no reason to think that God guides the selections of Church officials more directly than the voting decisions of individual Catholics.
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.