Fr. Reese suggests we can learn from other institutions.
Such as ... the Episcopal church?
So that with our collegial (read democratic) organs we can continue to officially eviscerate the faith until it's a harmless veneer covering secular humanism? Despite the current system, we have already done incredible amounts of damage already. Thank goodness we have had Popes with spines who've tried to limit the self-destructive poison of secularism within the church.
Don't get me wrong: I'm not suggesting that the current system of church governance is perfect, or in all its details, divinely willed. I'm sure there's a need for ongoing evaluation and reform (the election of bishops does come to mind, though not in the same way that Fr. Reese is thinking about it, I'm sure). I doubt that anyone would seriously think that we start by treating the Church as if it were solely a human institution. Fr. Reese also thinks so. Of course, it's all about power.
What are the chances of such reforms actually taking place? As a social scientist, I'd have to say they're probably close to zero. The church is now run by a self-perpetuating group of men who know such reform would diminish their power. It is also contrary to their theology of the church. But as a Catholic Christian, I still have to hope.Well, I'm no expert. But not just contrary to their theology of church. But to a Catholic theology of church.
:: UPDATE :: The Curt Jester does a superb fisk of the article. He's to be commended for responding to each of the proposals and arguments Fr. Reese puts forward.