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Slade Gorton
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Slade Gorton

A former U.S. Senator and Washington State Attorney General, Slade Gorton served on the 9/11 Commission.

Hide, deny and obfuscate

Q: Pope Benedict XVI's efforts to deal with the Church's sex scandal raises this question: Can a leader hold managers to account on an issue where his own past performance is in question?

In most organizations, such a leader would be forced to resign, with or without a golden parachute. But the Pope, a few hereditary monarchs, and perhaps some CEOs whose stock ownership controls their companies, fall into a different category. They hold office for life, and it is the future of the organization they head that is in question.

The Catholic church is too strong to have gone out of business under past questionable popes, but it can certainly be weakened in its competition for hearts and minds by weak and indifferent leadership in a time of crisis.

The response of the Church to this crisis over the years has been remarkably similar to that of political and business leaders: hide, deny and obfuscate for as long as possible, thus rendering the ultimate crisis worse. The only answer now is full disclosure and the acceptance of full responsibility. It remains to be seen whether a weakened pope can carry it off.

By Slade Gorton

 |  March 30, 2010; 6:16 AM ET
Category:  Religious leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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This article is not about the doctrines or beliefs of the Catholic Church. It is about Pope Benedict XVI and leadership.

Posted by: coadyowens | March 30, 2010 9:52 AM
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Catholicism blurs the line between doctrine and belief. They order up faith on a dish. How can you accept the oral arguments from a Bible written decades and sometimes centuries after events took place. It's no more right than a cave dwellers pictures on a wall. It's beyond me to understand so called faith in a belief system that imitates other religions and has no focus outside of the preservation of the Church. Everything the Church ascribes to is to lend credence to itself. It mocks justice and liberates only the rich. The cost of the Vatican is way beyond the good any religion can bring to humanity. More than any other religion it has caused wars down the centuries only to bring power and wealth to the pope. It's a hypocritical church.

Posted by: KraftPaper | March 30, 2010 7:22 AM
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