The Vatican leads the way in tapping into the expertise of the laity

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter reports here today on a significant shift in the Vatican that involves tapping into the secular expertise of outside consultants in the areas of communications, finance and management. In the two cases he cites, it is a lay-dominated commission that has engaged the experts:

Among other things, the moves confirm that the Vatican's traditional reluctance to compromise its independence by allowing outsiders to examine its internal workings has given way under Francis to a new desire to tap secular expertise.

The mission of the Leadership Roundtable is to increase the incorporation of the expertise of the laity to promote excellence in Church management.  How does your Diocese identify when it needs outside help and who is best equipped to provide it?

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