Considering your past experience, it seems a prudent course of action.
There is a problem in the American Catholic Church of Clericalism. Pope Francis condemned this right at the beginning of his Papacy. In fact he went further and said even the laity were being “clericalized.”
Americans don’t understand what it is when they see it, but Europeans are familiar with it, and are naturally “anticlerical.”
But in simple terms, it is when the clergy arrogate to themselves a high and mighty attitude and look down on the laity. Sometimes it is haughty and arrogant, and sometimes it is a sort of benevolent tyranny. Either way it is wrong. A good example was the Church’s handling of the sex abuse scandal. It was highly clerical at first, and although it was eventually rectified BECAUSE of the enormous scandal it caused (and not because of an inherent culture of caring for their flock) the underlying cause of the sex abuse scandal (clericalism) was never recognized, admitted or corrected.
So I am sure there are many more examples like Xanthippe_Voorhees being played out across the country, some petty and some devastating. But the same clericalism that brought us the sex abuse scandal will continue to bring us further problems until it is recognized by everyone, laity and clergy alike, and corrected.