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Roy Hunter wrote:Why should we copy the Roman Catholic Church? We have ordained ministers, and you can study for a Doctorate in Pastafarian Theology, but there the similarities end. The RC Pope is infallible: even our god is a drunken dumbass. The RC Church has enormous wealth and real estate holdings: we haven't even got a pirate ship. The RC church has rigid and inflexible doctrines: we have a bunch of guidance, you can take it, you can leave it, we don't really mind one way or the other.
Why should we emulate an organisation that is so different to us? I don't think we stand to gain anything by doing so.
A much-missed former poster on this board, who now drinks deeply at the beer volcano and admires the outputs of the stripper factory, used to carry a card proclaiming himself to be a Pope, and requiring to be afforded all the privileges entailed by his rank. Perhaps you could get one of those?
mathsisfun wrote:If we're copying the catholics church system, new bishops are chosen from the pool of priests.
They have a council of bishops, who decide when a new bishop is needed and which of the priests to elevate. A priest can't just apply or pay a fee, so if they wanted to be elevated they would have to do things like charity work to draw attention to themseelves. The council can decide who to elevate when another bishop is needed, but the pope can veto any decision.
This system would be hard to start up though. I'd suggest having 50 or so very active priests made bishops, and they can choose a pope. Then they can raise enough priests to be bishops to get a large enough pool of bishops to support a heirarchy above it. In the case of the catholic church, there is about 1 bishop for every 40 priests, but I think about 1 in 15 would work best. Next, the pope can choose an even more select group to be cardinals. The catholic church has 1 for every 10 bishops. This group of cardinals would elect the pope and elevate priests to bishops, and the elected pope would elevate bishops to cardinals.
Cardinal Fang wrote:I think having a Pope might make people think we're just copying and therefore making fun of other religions, and hence aren't a real religion. That would be bad!
And if we need a person to represent us and be our public face and all-round spokesguy, we have our prophet Bobby Henderson (PBUH). I don't see the need for a single head of our church.
Besides, as most theological questions seem to be agreed by consensus (e.g. the loose cannon), this would seem to be the model for how the church operates - people swapping ideas and eventually a communal answer being formed.
ChowMein wrote:^ Yah . Thet seems loike wot goes on in here ... flimsy standarrds an' all ...arrrrrrr
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