This post from Rory Cooney, sharing the back story of one of his recent hymns has some interesting quotes:
" 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. Even though this is a republic, for many it's like the monarchy is still a deeply ingrained part of how the world works, which has to apply to both church and state.
Me, I'm not having a bar of it.