Last year, just before Christmas, the Pope addressed the leaders of the Roman Curia — the Cardinals and other officials who are charged with running the church’s byzantine network of administrative bodies. The Pope’s message to his colleagues was blunt. Leaders are susceptible to an array of debilitating maladies, including arrogance, intolerance, myopia, and pettiness. When those diseases go untreated, the organization itself is enfeebled. To have a healthy church, we need healthy leaders.
List below the fold.
- The disease of thinking we are immortal, immune, or downright indispensable
- Another disease is excessive busyness
- Then there is the disease of mental and [emotional] “petrification.”
- The disease of excessive planning and of functionalism.
- The disease of poor coordination.
- There is also a sort of “leadership Alzheimer’s disease.”
- The disease of rivalry and vainglory.
- The disease of existential schizophrenia.
- The disease of gossiping, grumbling, and back-biting.
- The disease of idolizing superiors.
- The disease of indifference to others.
- The disease of a downcast face.
- The disease of hoarding.
- The disease of closed circles,
- Lastly: the disease of extravagance and self-exhibition.