If the Catholic Church were run like a business...

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Nov 30, 2018

Imagine that you have invested all your savings in a chain of restaurants, and the chain is not doing well. Customers don’t like the food. Diners are staying away in droves. Franchises are closing.

Now you receive the annual statement from the chief executive, who says that he is not anxious about the trends; he sees the mounting losses as a welcome opportunity to reflect and adapt.

Are you happy with that executive?

Just wondering.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

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  • Posted by: alexanderh167577 - Dec. 03, 2018 8:11 PM ET USA

    You may hate the pope and find fault in all that he does, but it will be a very awkward day for you if he ever gets canonized ;)

  • Posted by: thomas28899 - Dec. 03, 2018 3:51 PM ET USA

    As a "customer" of this church, it seems there is one way to send a "proper" message to the Vatican. Wouldn't it be interesting if the USCCB decided to discontinue the Peters Pence collection..... or we as individuals just not participate in it, until the investigations being requested by the USCCB are approved.

  • Posted by: feedback - Dec. 03, 2018 1:32 PM ET USA

    Some find the evidence of the Holy Spirit guiding the Church in the fact that in the 2000 years of Church history bishops and priests have not been able to destroy it.

  • Posted by: MatJohn - Nov. 30, 2018 8:15 PM ET USA

    If the Church was run like a business the world would be Catholic.

  • Posted by: shrink - Nov. 30, 2018 4:35 PM ET USA

    Walter E. Newman comes to mind.