It would surely solve many issues today. For example, take the sex abuse scandals. I’m not talking about the causes of sexual abuse, but rather, the scandal aspect: The reasons why Catholics are disgusted by the Church, the world reacts with horror, etc., is because we associate the Catholic Church so much with its ordained leaders.
In the early Church, at least at first, the ordained ministry was not so separate from the rest of church life. For the first few hundred years of the church, priests didn’t even wear distinct clothing. And certainly, at first, being clergy wasn’t considered its own “job.”
But now, the clergy have been so set apart in many ways, that often, even the word “Church” often includes the ordained ministry in an exclusive sense.
Do you think the Catholic Church should strive at minimizing clericalism? And how can we do so?