I wrote last Saturday about the Catholic Church’s proposal to excommunicate mafiosi in Italy, and commented that it wouldn’t work. I was challenged in a comment to that article by fellow blogger Dad29 (whom I’ve known about for years in cyberspace via his blog, and I’m sure he’s a sincere, committed Catholic). He felt that I was being unreasonable in my criticism. Needless to say, I see things differently; but that’s only to be expected, I suppose, given our respective backgrounds.
I’m thinking about posting an article (or a series of articles) analyzing precisely where (and why) I see the Catholic Church as having gone wrong, and failed its members very badly, in recent decades, culminating in the clergy child sex abuse scandal. I may be unusually well placed to do so, having been an ‘insider’ at the time, and also being well schooled (at post-graduate level) in organizational behavior and organization development before becoming a clergyman. Added to that, I have a lot of real-world experience in different organizations and environments. I think that combination gives me a much broader background than most commentators on the issue, and also a lot of relevant education and experience from which to analyze the issues involved.
The question is, would I be wasting my breath? Would you, my readers, be interested in learning more about the subject, or would it be boring and uninteresting to you? I’d like to know before I invest a lot of time and energy in writing about it. Please let me know in Comments, yea or nay.
EDITED TO ADD: Apart from those who left comments below (for which, thank you very much), I’ve had a number of e-mails from readers on this topic. There’s a lot to think about, particularly how to frame and structure the matter so as to shed light rather than heat (I really don’t want to do anything to damage anyone’s faith). I’m going to give it some more thought. I may end up writing a short book-length treatment, rather than just a blog article or two, and go into a lot more detail – but again, I have to be sure it won’t cause more harm than good. We’ll see.