Andrew Preslar said,
But I was referring to the visibility of the hierarchy by means of the tactile succession.
Tactile succession is a very mechanistic model of sacramental grace (e.g. the grace of holy orders). Catholicism reduces the grace of God to an electrical current which must run along a continuous circuit or wire. If there’s a break in the circuit, the Holy Spirit can’t jump the break. Everything below the break is a dead line.
Notice how that trammels God, as if God’s grace is wired. God can’t act outside the circuitry. This is similar to Deism and Spinozism, which disallows miraculous interruptions in the uniformity of nature.
Compare this to Pauline ecclesiology:
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills (1 Cor 12:4-11).
Notice on Paul’s view that God’s grace operates at the discretion of the Holy Spirit. It isn’t confined to the wiring, where you flip a switch to turn it on or turn it off. God’s grace is wireless.