There has been a lot of talk on the topic of clericalism, especially in the west. Today, there was an article that offered a definition. It may sound familiar to some.
“Clericalism is arrogance. It says “I am here not to understand this community and serve it, but to take control, get people’s minds right, and make it over in my image.” Clericalism is when religion is about what [the priest or the bishop!] says, not what the Church teaches . . .
“Clericalism is strangely akin to racism. The difference is that with clericalism, you judge the person by his collar rather than his color.”
The bottom line is we must remain true to that which the church teaches lest we fall into the same crisis of the west. Having said the preceding, many are, sadly, succumbing to *their own definitions of the church* which Christ gave us, the Seven Ecumenical Councils framed for us, and Holy Tradition reinforced for us, without any basis in fact. Tomorrow is too late. The future is here – now.