Retrenchments are inevitable, notwithstanding whatever the hierarchs
say of protecting the workers' interests.
These claims should suffice for the hierarchs
to grasp the inexorable reality that more than dialogue is required to tackle the monstrosity in its entirety.
If even now this fear is not shed off by the hierarchs
, the state authority will be shredded into nothingness and outfits like the TTP would get what they are presently posturing for without going into any farcical drill of negotiations.
And if the power availability shows no improvement, all will suffer in the people's estimation, as indeed had the outgoing hierarchs
from one to all, no lesser for their failure on this score.
Even if the hierarchs
somehow establish contact with the TTP chieftaincies and bowing to their diktats strike a peace deal with them, the deal would certainly neither hold nor abided by all the gangs.
The hierarchical style is a feature of the hierarchical syndrome, the classic inability of career hierarchs
to enter any human relationship that they cannot control.
Yet the political hierarchs
, particularly at the centre and in Sindh and Punjab, are apparently out to squeeze it to the last drop.
Some Catholic hierarchs
understand hardball because they play such a lot of it.
Not that the other hierarchs
running the provincial governments were dying for giving the masses their elected governments at the grassroots.
Louis achieved a compromise that has lasted over a century when many of his contemporary hierarchs
took the route that Archbishop Raymond Burke is now taking.
Even in the time of possibility that Francis has ushered in, these issues remain hotly debated among hierarchs
and theologians, as we have seen during the lead-up to the ordinary synod of bishops on the family in fall 2015.
Every year on January 30 schoolchildren enjoy a day off from lessons, ostensibly to honour the Three Hierarchs
and Hellenic education: a paradox, surely, but one that is presented to children as an unassailable truth.