but I'm almost certain that without the support of a movement in clergy, eventually you'll end up with a different facet of the same thing. Yet who will do it? Who will enter the Churches to change them from the inside? Who will assert the fundamentalism, the rigid application of neccessary truth?
I just want to point one thing out. I am pretty sure that within Catholicism, you can enter into the clergy at any age, and even if you have a wife or children (not 100% certain about the wife thing, but pretty certain - I think the key is you have to be married BEFORE you decide to enter the clergy). There are ways around everything, even in the Catholic Church. Some priests can even be relieved of their vows if the Pope allows it. So the point here, is that entering the priesthood and changing it from within isn't necessarily what most people think it is. For lack of a better term, a man could theoretically have his cake and eat it too. Basically, live a normal worldly life, then enter the priesthood at say 40-50. There are two kinds of priests, the ones who do the normal daily sermons for community churches, and then the more "scholarly" ones like the Jesuits. The second type of priest would be the one to help change the church from within. If you were extremely intelligent, ambitious, and adventurous, it would be an interesting prospect in my opinion. You would have to be well planned out, dedicated, and constantly playing politics to pull it off, though. I actually think it would be quite a life. And obviously, you couldn't rise through the ranks by fooling people, you would have to truly believe in your mission. You'd have to do it for the truly right reasons.