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It's about the economy, stupid

By Diogenes ( articles ) | Mar 16, 2005

Sorry, but I can't stop thinking about those corporate leaders who, trumpeted by the Boston Globe, stand ready to help the American hierarchy set up user-friendly accounting systems to remedy the "string of management and financial problems" that has shaken the faithful.

If only Rudy Kos had maintained proper records of his entertainment expenses! If only Paul Shanley had kept a PowerPoint version of his address to NAMBLA! If only Rembert Weakland had put his $400,000 payoff to Paul Marcoux on the proper line of the spreadsheet! Think how much better off we'd be today!

There are a few problems, however.

1) Proper corporate administration involves clear lines of communication, and clear acceptance of authority. How many American bishops show evidence that they want to shoulder the responsility of their office? Offhand I can think of 2.

2) When there's abundant evidence that the man in place can't do the job-- especially when he has already bungled his responsibilities and betrayed his people-- proper corporate administration begins by getting him out of office.

Add 1 + 2 and I think you see, pretty clearly, why American bishops won't be terribly interested in the corporate leaders' approach.

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