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The Hierarchy of the church can loosely described in a pyramid fashion At the top is the Pope who is considered the closet man to Gods will At the bottom of the pyramid is the congregation People who are lower on the pyramid are meant to be servants and obey those above Conversely the hierarchy is meant to serve the religious congregation that makes up the lowest level The first part of the hierarchy is the ordained that all follow vows of chastity and obedience The Pope is the elected head of the church His official title is Bishop of Rome The bishop of Rome is then considered the Pope of the Catholic Church The Pope is considered the spiritual leader of the church and has been recently deemed infallible in religious matters The Cardinals are second on the pyramid of power The cardinals have one main job and that is to elect the pope The Collage of Cardinals as they are called gathers to form the conclave when a pope dies The Vatican is sealed of until the cardinals can come to a two-thirds majority on the next pope Also the cardinals receive control of large archdiocese to run but that is just a token job to signify their rank Below the Cardinals are bishops and archbishops who are in charge of diocese and archdiocese Archbishops receive the honor of running an archdiocese which is an area that includes well over 25000 people They are the administrators of the diocese and act to ordain priests and give confirmation Below the Bishops are the Pastors Pastors are priests who are the administrators of individual parishes The pastors are not specially invested like Bishops or cardinals They are just priests with more responsibilities The priests are the day to day spreaders of Jesus word They say mass hear confession give Eucharist and perform most of the sacraments They are most involved with the congregation
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