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Evangelical and elite: Four approaches to power

We found four kinds of evangelicals in the corner offices of major U.S. institutions--the pragmatic, the heroic, the circumspect, and the brazen.

By D. Michael Lindsay | August 30, 2010; 01:04 PM ET | Comments (28)

Time is now for imam to speak on mosque

The motivation for leaders to speak varies. It might be a matter of conscience, the heat of political pressure, affiliation and loyalty to a group, an opportunity to influence, a chance to exploit the situation for personal gain, or just flagrant egotism. We have observed behavioral manifestations of all of these in the past year. The controversy over the Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque ...

By Katherine Tyler Scott | August 24, 2010; 02:54 PM ET | Comments (14)

Leadership crisis in the Episcopal Church

Like other sectors, the church must lead in new ways that are inclusive and require meaningful involvement, shared authority, a redistribution of power and new forms of community.

By Katherine Tyler Scott | April 9, 2010; 12:33 PM ET | Comments (39)

Lessons from the Air Force Academy

When I helped address similar scandals at the Air Force Academy some years ago, I learned that the first order of business is full disclosure.

By Robert Goodwin | March 31, 2010; 12:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Inquisition we need

The Church has a history of "holy wars" to reclaim "holy lands." A Crusade to weed out the sex offenders would certainly restore some semblance of moral authority.

By Juana Bordas | March 31, 2010; 07:48 AM ET | Comments (7)

Why didn't he know?

People will forgive a lot, but not hypocrisy, nor shirking of responsibility.

By Bob Schoultz | March 31, 2010; 07:43 AM ET | Comments (1)

Use the past for the future

"Mistakes are human and often increase personal development as we continuously learn from them."

By Columbia University students | March 30, 2010; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

A step-by-step plan

"While addressing a crisis of this magnitude is painful, it must start with the Pope admitting mistakes the Vatican has made, including his own."

By Bill George | March 30, 2010; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (40)

Transforming the priesthood

"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 | Comments (1)

A failure of duty

Until the leader of the Catholic Church acknowledges there is an underlying institutional problem, the abuse will continue and he will fail in his duty of service to the people and to the Church.

By West Point Cadets | March 30, 2010; 06:56 AM ET | Comments (8)

Take a look in the mirror

The Pope's understanding of justice appears to be different than that of many critics outside the Catholic Church.

By Coro Fellows | March 30, 2010; 06:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hide, deny and obfuscate

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

By Slade Gorton | March 30, 2010; 06:16 AM ET | Comments (2)

The power of coming clean

When it comes to leadership "do as I say, not as I do" is hardly a compelling directive.

By Alan M. Webber | March 30, 2010; 06:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Necessary steps of confession

The Church has no authority other than moral authority; if it permits its moral authority to erode by an unwillingness to admit its errors and undertake reform, it will have no authority at all.

By Mickey Edwards | March 30, 2010; 06:08 AM ET | Comments (1)

'Mine own teaching'

The Pope's fault was not in performing poorly on something he cared about, but rather not caring about something he should have.

By Ken Adelman | March 30, 2010; 06:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Flunking the accountability test

A leader who is not accountable will act self-interestedly (or for a select few) rather than doing what the organization needs him or her do: stand up for what is right even when it is hard to do.

By John Baldoni | March 30, 2010; 06:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

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