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This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on July 27, 2012.

eNewsletter Subject: Strategy in the Church

I wrote recently about the interesting case of the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, which has been stripped of its right to self-describe itself as "Pontifical" and "Catholic". But Phil Lawler is quite right when he argues that the same approach may not be the best one in each case.

See Phil's latest On the News commentary: Can the Church recapture dissident ‘Catholic’ universities? The most important thing, of course, is to make an effective plan and then implement it. Doing nothing should not be an option.

We are talking strategy here, and shrewd strategies are essential for Church leaders, who are not supposed to be only as innocent as doves, but also as wise as serpents (Mt 10:16). Consider also the parable in which the master “commended the dishonest steward for his shrewdness; for the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light” (Lk 16:8).

With this in mind, consider the following headline from today's news: US bishops' point man on same-sex marriage named new Archbishop of San Francisco. This cannot have been done without key strategic considerations in mind....

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