'The line between good and evil is drawn not between nations or parties, but through every human heart.' Dostoevsky
The subject of clericalism comes up with some regularity. Clericalism is the corruption that, overtly or subtly, subordinates priestly service and devotion to clerical privilege and power. --Richard John Neuhaus
Well, I might offer the amendment (or addition) that 'clericalism' also entails "Father knows best" regardless of the level of knowledge of the "Father" in question.