"I think the (accounting background) will be very beneficial. It's a way of thinking that will be very useful. Something that I think our churches are lacking is good, solid administrative skills so that we can more easily and effectively proclaim the Word of God," he said, adding that nearly every pastor he meets tells him that the accounting background will be invaluable.
If our parishes are lacking in "good, solid administrative skills", it might be because (last I heard) priests take no courses in parish administration in the seminary. While a parish might have someone with administrative skill on staff, and many such people among its members, delegating appears to be among the skills not taught in the seminary. This might explain why so many priests come across as obsessed with parish finances or administrative minutiae while calling themselves "a people person".
Among things not delegated is talking about money. Someone has to talk (or write) about money but it could be, for example, a finance committee chair. The pastor could talk about mission and stewardship and generosity. A priest's homily could point out how things the parish does, or would like to do, are from the Bible readings we just heard. If the Gospel says feed the hungry, something the parish does that feeds the hungry could be worth mentioning in a homily, with follow-up in a closing announcement. Otherwise that it's part of where the money goes winds up buried in the parish website.
Although Bogacki noted that younger clergy are, at times, unfairly stereotyped as being too conservative or traditional, he looks forward to building bridges.
There might be priests who long ago set out to build bridges, only to wind up unable to build a ladder to the top of their rut.
Calling the stereotypes "unfortunate," Bogacki said he loses patience with the perspective.
Any conservative or traditional young priest in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will need plenty of patience with the perspective that he's too conservative or traditional.
(linked article by Maryangela Layman Roman,
Milwaukee Catholic Herald, July 24, 2008)