Uncle Ted McCarrick has got me thinking.
He is now reduced to the lay state.
But doesn't this imply that clerics are much 'higher' than laics?
Isn't that rather clericalist?
Doesn't it imply that the lay state is an indignity which any self-respecting Christian would do his/her best to avoid at all costs?
What price the phrase plebs sancta Dei?
Or have I missed something?
Perhaps there could be a status PPP ... Paenitens Presbyteralis Perpetuus.