Returning to Our Roots

If you’re like me and you saw Bishop Bransfield’s apology to the faithful, you might be disappointed and dismayed. I’m easily prone to such reactions. At the same time, it’s precisely these situations which fuel my hope in programs like the Global Institute of Church Management. 

You see, the abuses in the Church are not who or what the Church is or should be. She is a divine institution run by mere mortals and, as such, susceptible to tremendous failings and triumphs. Right now, we seem to be experiencing a lot of failures. 

The way to change things is to change ourselves and all who work in and for the Church. That’s precisely what fuels the Global Institute of Church Management.

It made me think of this video from Fr. Robert Gahl’s introductory lecture to the third cohort of the Program of Church Management this year. (A written summary can be found here.) As I watched it again, I was really struck by his insight that we are in a new epoch, a return to the roots of our lives in the Gospel. The answer? “Tell the truth, do the right thing, be radically transparent.”

Fr. Robert Gahl’s introductory lecture to the PCM

Lumen Gentium (n. 8) describes the Church as “at the same time holy and always in need of being purified, always [following] the way of penance and renewal.” We are under no illusions. We are a Church always in need of being purified. We are a work in progress and it’s no secret that we have a lot of work to purify and renew our Church. It’s a challenge and we can rise to it.



As a reminder, we’ll be starting our fall webinar series with the Program of Church Management on September 9, discussing leadership in the Church: “Pyramid or Team?” If you haven’t already signed up, you can register here. I’ll be joined by Fr. Gahl, Professor John Hillen, expert in management, and Mary Hallan FioRito, a fellow at the de Nicola Center for Culture and Ethics at Notre Dame University and at Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Tell the truth, do the right thing, be radically transparent.

Pia de Solenni
Pia de Solenni

Pia de Solenni. SThD is a theologian, ethicist, and cultural analyst. She recently served as Chancellor of the Diocese of Orange, California, and Theological Advisor to the Bishop. Her work has appeared in various publications including The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor, and National Review Online. She is also a consultant member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.