A Church, not a business
Tom Szyszkiewicz, a fine Catholic journalist who wrote for me frequently when I edited Catholic World Report, has an interesting piece in Business Week, on the work of Geoffrey Boisi and the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management (NLRCM)-- a group of corporate executives who seek to help Church leader operate on a more businesslike basis. There's no question that parishes and dioceses can profit from the use of proper management techniques. So far, so good. But the NRLCM goes further, with suggestions about how Church leaders should formulate their overall goals. Here Szyszkiewicz draws the line. The Church doesn't need corporate CEOs to help define her ultimate goals. (And especially not executives whose credentials include a term on the board of Freddie Mac.) As Szyszkiewicz puts it:
There is no doubt that Mr. Boisi and the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management (NLRCM), which he started, mean well. Indeed the group's executive director, Kerry Robinson, says they love the Church. However, what isn't clear is what their understanding of 'the Church' is.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our June expenses ($13,107 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!