Today, identifying something as “patriarchal” is usually a bad thing: That some institution is inherently unfair, backwards, etc.
Because the Church’s highest earthly authorities are male, some people call the Church a Patriarchy, regardless of the importance of women in other areas (“Mary is the highest Saint,” etc.)
So is the Church a Patriarchy? Does it matter? What are some ways to nuance what it means for the church to be a patriarchy?