This post from Rory Cooney, sharing the back story of one of his recent hymns has some interesting quotes, which got me thinking about it some more.
" the image of God we've inherited from monarchy and haven't shaken off, an image of God derived from power"
Since moving to Ireland, I've been struck by the extent to which monarchy is the model of church for so many people: bishops are princes, and the Pope is the king. It just doesn't feel right though. A king is just not something I need in my psyche.