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Michael Maccoby

Michael Maccoby

Michael Maccoby is an anthropologist and psychoanalyst globally recognized as an expert on leadership. He is the author of The Leaders We Need, And What Makes Us Follow.

Transforming the priesthood

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?

When there are errors or crimes in an organization, leaders need to decide whether they are caused by a wayward individual or by a faulty system. The challenge for Pope Benedict is not just holding people to account or increasing policing to prevent child abuse. It is transforming the priesthood so that it neither attracts nor shelters abusers.

Steps in this direction would include expanding and improving the pool of applicants for the priesthood by allowing priests to marry and by ordaining women. The definition of chastity would emphasize love and dignity, not treating another human being as an object, loving without exploiting. The Pope's own guilt or innocence is a matter between himself and God. He could overcome the shame of the church by leading an effort to develop a more mature and loving clergy.

By Michael Maccoby

 |  March 30, 2010; 10:41 AM ET
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you leftists just cant wait to bang the Catholic church can you? this was part of the lefty program back in the day - we can make them better bs, well you could not do it on the outside of the Church in the general population and they could not do it from within.
and while you kick the Catholic church you see to forget that islam, by following the example of the last perfect man - or so they say - mohommad - who married a 6 year old and had intercourse with a 9 year old - well their following of that is ok. not a leftist comment. try reading the hadith - a sort of the life of mohommad - things that he did so any islamic can do.
that way they can murder women and children because mohommad the child molester said that only islamics can be innocent - murdering jewish women and children is ok under islam. again not a word of complaint from lefty.
then there is that convert by the sword thing. yes christians did it 500 years ago, but islamics do it today, but not a comment from the left.
and how many times do we have to worry about the crusades but lefty always forgets that islam sacked rome twice, enslaved southern italy, sicaly, and the numerous medeterian islands, occupy and enslaving spain and only being stopped by the french from occupying western europe. did you forget that lefty?
and slavery in africia lefty - that was started by eastern africian islamics who went into central africia and enslaved africians, and ultimately lead to sale to everyone in the world. so why not condemn islam for that one lefty?
no, lets p - i - s - s on the Catholic church, they are an easy target for lefty.
oh did i forget - the first seat of Christians was not rome, it was constantinople, so why dont you demand islam give it back to the Christians instead of getting on the jews and demanding they give land stolen from the jews by islam, back to the islamics?

Posted by: infantry11b4faus | March 30, 2010 11:37 AM
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