Have you ever wondered why the Catholic Church is structured in a hierarchical form? Or, what makes the difference between a deacon and a priest? Or how our local parishes fit into the global relationship of the Church?

Each member of the Church has an equally important role to play in sharing the Good News of Christ, and the structure is an important and well-balanced way of ensuring that God’s graces and sacraments can reach every one of humanity.

In order to help you out, today we’d like to share an excellent infographic from our friends at DenverCatholic.orgIt presents and explains each part of the hierarchy in detail.

Whatever your place within the Church, we hope you find this useful and inspiring!

Why-Hierarchy

Please note that DenverCatholic.org explains that the explanation of cardinals and the pope is removed from the infographic as it “gave the impression that they are further degrees of Holy Orders.” 


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