January 2012 Blog Posts (11)

The White House and Catholic Schools

In this, "Catholic Schools Week", Michael Sean Winter at Distinctively Catholic, reports on the White House recognition of Champions of Change in Catholic Schools. Their inspiring stories begin at the 22:37 minute mark of the video.

The Leadership Roundtable has worked with many of these champions and the Catholic institutions they represent as we…

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Added by Michael Brough on January 30, 2012 at 4:35pm — No Comments

Vatican spokesman recommits to "ever greater transparency..."

John Allen is the highly respected Vatican Correspondent for CNN and the National Catholic Reporter.  When he addressed the Leadership Roundtable in June 2010 on Accountability in a World Church, he noted:

"If the Catholic Church in the twenty-first century becomes more accountable, collaborative, and transparent, it will be because the argument for doing…

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Added by Michael Brough on January 27, 2012 at 10:33am — No Comments

On Catholic Schools, Sr Mary Paul says.. "Stop moaning and start doing"

"Enrollment in Chicago’s Catholic elementary schools is up for the second straight year — the first time that’s happened since 1965, officials said Friday".  Read the full article here.

The news follows the recent announcement by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to close or merge 49 Catholic Schools.  Read Blue Ribbon Commission strategic plan…

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Added by Michael Brough on January 20, 2012 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Pope calls for engaged, articulate and well-formed U.S. Catholic laity...

Pope Benedict to U.S. Bishops, January 18, 2012:



"Here once more we see the need for an engaged, articulate and well-formed Catholic laityendowed with a strong critical sense vis-a-vis the dominant culture and with the courage to counter a reductive secularism which would de-legitimise the Church's participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the future of American society.…

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Added by Michael Brough on January 19, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Diocesan Planners Wrestle with Seismic Shifts in US Catholicism

National Catholic Reporter editor-at-large Tom Roberts has a national overview of the challenges facing diocesan planners in Seismic shifts reshape US Catholicism.

How well are Catholic dioceses equipped to respond to these demographic shifts and economic challenges?  What is the biggest challenge being faced by your diocese?  How are you…

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Added by Michael Brough on January 18, 2012 at 9:00pm — 3 Comments

How thorough should parish financial reports be?

In November, my church's annual financial report appeared in the parish bulletin.  It showed that expenses exceeded income by about $6,000.  The report was a balance sheet.  It included a number of categories of parish income (such as regular weekly giving, the Christmas and Easter collections, income from religious education, and gifts to the parish).  It also included a variety of expense categories (such as salaries, fixed expenses, operating expenses, etc.).  The pastor used the $6,000…

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Added by Mark F. Fischer on January 16, 2012 at 1:46pm — 3 Comments

The Supreme Court and No Ministers in Catholic Church?

I will leave my esteemed legal and human resources colleagues to comment on the implications of yesterday's landmark supreme court ruling on "ministerial exception" to employment discrimination laws.  However, a comment from Catholic Justice, Samuel A. Alito Jr, caught my eye:

In a second concurrence, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr., joined by Justice Elena Kagan, wrote that it would be a mistake to focus on ministers, a title he said was generally used by…

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Added by Michael Brough on January 12, 2012 at 2:39pm — 2 Comments

Assessment and Planning for Catholic Leaders

               

Those of us who do assessment and planning for parishes, schools, dioceses, hospitals, universities, local and national organizations know a few things.

First,  assessment involves initial impressions, good questions, educated guesses, hunches and memories of God at work in unexpected places.  Then it calls for good communication skills including listening, speaking, connecting, writing and celebrating that all of our best efforts are gifts that…

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Added by Peg Garvey-Mitchell on January 11, 2012 at 9:38pm — 4 Comments

Insights from Diocesan Planners

Keys to successful diocesan planning discussed at Sept 2011 Upper 09212011%20Diocesan%20Planning%20Forum.pdfMidwest Diocesan Planners meeting were:

A. Bishop’s Vision Narrative is critical and the narrative in enhanced by measures and numbers
B. Pastoral Planning is a different focus…
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Added by Dennis Cheesebrow on January 1, 2012 at 5:00pm — 13 Comments

Why Do We Do What We Do

Tom Brokaw, in his new book The Times of Our Lives, tells us that people in our country today are looking for economic justice.

 

December 6, 2011 marked the 25th anniversary of the publication of Economic Justice For All,  a pastoral letter developed by the Catholic Bishops of the United States.  Many of the economic issues that the bishops addressed in 1986 are very similar to those currently being experienced in the United States.  In this pastoral letter,…

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Added by Sheila A. Kelly, SPHR on January 1, 2012 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Moral Authority vs Legal Requirements

The recent allegations of the sexual abuse of minors at Penn State University remind us that you can follow legal requirements without exercising moral authority/responsibility.

 

As a seasoned Human Resource Director, my plan for serving as a Forum facilitator in this procees is to look at the social teachings of the Church as they apply to human resource professionals.  Human resource professionals in catholic dioceses bring extensive experience and strong credentials to…

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Added by Sheila A. Kelly, SPHR on January 1, 2012 at 2:22pm — No Comments

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