“Now to you who believe…. you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession,” (I Peter 2:7,9).
The Bible promises the priesthood to all believers, not just those who have been ordained by men. There is no true Christian who is not a priest, and there are not different levels of priests among believers. Any Pope, Cardinal, or Bishop who is a true believer is on the same level as all other believers. Any Pope, Cardinal, or Bishop who is not a true believer is not a priest at all, and will be eternally punished by God for usurping the office, unless they repent before they die.
Being a priest is about having a relationship with God. God lovingly provided a way for ALL to become priests, if they will repent and believe in the Son of God. As children of God true believers are not just a “holy priesthood” (I Peter 2:5) but also a “royal priesthood.”