As a matter of fact, Caesar *is* quite capable of overreaching

If there’s anything the 20th Century should have taught us, it’s that. This is why reform of the Church is so vital. Given half a chance, Caesar will stamp out the one serious challenge to his ancient claim to be God. The Church cannot afford to be weak against such a danger. But she cannot use his methods (deceit and raw exercises of power) either. As Jesus says in John 17, the Church’s unity is rooted in truth only, not in bureaucracy, deception, power plays, good old boy networks or coverups. Lord Jesus, heal your Church, we pray. Grant us repentance and holiness!