The Deep State, composed of CIA/State/FBI/NSA/IRS/EPA/DoJ/DoE, and some others, and probably including a number of Fed judges from bottom to top, is comparable to the hierarchy of the Church in a few ways.
The important way? They are in near-total control of their institution--the Church or the FedGov. Reformers, if any, are few and far between and are usually dealt with through various means--threats on family, scurrilous/slanderous rumor-mongering, lawfare, fake criminal charges, endless and VERY costly 'investigations' with no particular object, "freeze-outs" from decisionmaking confabs....you know the drill.
Barbara Tuchman, the historian, summarized the top-line similarities between the US Bishops and the Deep State:
1. obliviousness to the growing disaffection of constituents 2. primacy of self-aggrandizement 3. illusion of invulnerable statusThat's the sitrep JUST BEFORE THE REVOLUTIONS in all of history.