who decries the subordination of the Orthodox and Protestant churches to the secular authority, but at what cost did the Patriarchate of Rome gain its "freedom" from the secular power? By first approving of the idea of empire, and then trying to claim the supreme power over the empire. (Which was the same strategy it tried to use with respect to the state.) And the consequences? How is the Church able to limit the secular power except by being faithful to its mission and evangelizing and bringing the divine life to Christians?
CNA: Cardinal Parolin, Pope Francis, and the outcomes of the outward Church In the end, the Church is in the world, but not of the world. by Andrea Gagliarducci, Catholic News Agency
The Catholic Church cannot be considered one of many players on the field, nor can she be perceived as such.