Most of you have probably heard of the recent events in Rome involving the resignation of Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu and the removal of his rights as a cardinal by Pope Francis, all tied up with what appear to be financial misdeeds both within and on behalf of the Vatican. Media sources also confirm that Australian Cardinal Pell has returned to Rome. How this story develops, I have no idea. I only know to expect the unexpected.
In the midst of all this, Fr. Bob Gahl, the vice-chair of the Program of Church Management had a really good insight which he tweeted in response to John Allen’s Crux piece (“Under Pope Francis, ‘accountability’ finally crosses the Tiber.”) John identifies “accountability” as an American (US) concept.
Fr. Bob acutely observed:
John is probably right about the perception, while Fr. Bob is right about the logic.
Fr. Juan Antonio Guerrero, Prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy has responded eloquently to the substance of the issue by confirming the principles promoted by GICM: “Those who ask for transparency are right. The economy of the Holy See must be a glass house. This is what the Pope asks of us.”
To be honest, one of the challenges in providing courses in Church management is that concepts like this can frequently be associated with nationalities and cultures. So our work is to help students understand the basic principles that should transcend our local flavor and customs. Together, we can challenge and refine how we think about the basics.
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