This stratified ecclesial society with its protection of the superior authority of the clergy can easily prevent Catholics from ever achieving a mature degree of participation in the church. In short, Catholic adults are expected to be docile and obedient and to accept as true all utterances of the priests, bishops, and popes. Though St. Paul urged Christians in Corinth to “stop thinking like children” [! Cor. 14:20-21], Christian leaders have promoted the opposite attitude.