If only the extraordinary form were as ordinary as extraordinary ministers.
Or, to cite something Pope Francis recently said:
“[U]nless the encounter, the meeting of generations, is reestablished, unless a new and fruitful intergenerational equilibrium is restored, what results is a serious impoverishment for everyone, and the freedom which prevails in society is actually a false freedom, which almost always becomes a form of authoritarianism.”
Now replace “society” with “the Church”.
Irony is so dead.
Along similar lines, one of the early books published about Francis was by a former Jesuit seminarian, Chris Lowney, turned investment banker, who sees Bergoglio as a model of corporate leadership. Thankfully, the Church is not an NGO, because anyone who believed it were, might act more like a community organizer than something more outdated. He sets up the basic difference this way:
“Some folks approach [leadership] opportunities knowing that they are superbly prepared to lead, and that unshakable self-confidence stays with them every day of their careers. We call such people narcissists. They often get their organizations into trouble because, blinded by the radiant glow of their self-perceived greatness, they don’t see what havoc they create or what misery they inflict on others.”
— Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads (October 2013), p. 2
Did I mention that irony is as dead as a door nail?