Thursday, January 15, 2009

Nothing to fear but lack of fear itself

Last Wednesday's first reading included this,
There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love. --1 John 4:18

which called this to mind,
Condensation of the 14 Points for Management
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8. Drive out fear, so that everyone may work effectively for the company[ ]
--W. Edwards Deming, Out of the Crisis (1988) p. 23

as well as a contrast with this.
About Accountability for On-going Planning
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63. It is hoped that corrective action would never be required thanks to the power of persuasion by means of sincere and open conversation at the local level. But, if the power of persuasion fails and someone persistently disrupts or interferes with the ongoing planning process or related pastoral work, or refuses to participate when necessary, then corrective action must be addressed. Bishop William Callahan, after consultation with the district dean, the pastors and the parish directors, will decide when corrective action is appropriate and he will bring the situation to the attention of Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who will determine what consequences should result.
--2008 General Observations and Recommendations, no. 63 (page 20), Living Our Faith in the 21st Century, proposed long-range plan for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee

1 comment:

  1. Aquinas1:33 PM

    Though the tone is certainly weird enough (well, maybe not for this diocese), I don't think we have to worry about any jack-booted ex-nuns showing up at the door to demand compliance because it will take twelve more "initiatives" and thirty-six more years to get the pastoral drones to decide what, exactly, the recalcitrant should comply WITH. Even at that, I think my numbers might be optimistic; the present initiative has already been largely forgotten. Unlike +Rembert's stunning deposition.