Obviously the big news today is the new Pope. It is all Pope this and Pope that. I am not a religious person (but do consider myself spiritual) so I am not a huge Pope follower but I do find the pageantry of the selection of the Pope interesting. I think the world needs more pageantry.
Anywho...one of the most interesting things I read about the Pope and Catholic Church today was this:
"The Catholic Church is structured like a franchise organization, with an overall headquarters that guides -- and guards -- the brand and fairly autonomous branches, the local dioceses," says Charles Zech, director of the Center for the Study of Church Management at Villanova University.
"The new pope need not be an accountant or a financial wizard but, says Zech, he does have to "provide better leadership in protecting the brand name and clean up the headquarters to make it more effective and rid it of its reputation for scandal."
It is an interesting way to look at the Catholic Church. I never really thought of it this way, but the Catholic Church is a giant franchise organization and it has a bad reputation right now. It really does need to clean up its brand name from all the scandals.
So can the new Pope provide that leadership, integrity and restore the Catholic Church? I don't know but I would feel more comfortable if a Pope that supported loving and respecting all of God's children - no matter of who they are, their faith or who they love was selected..I think if he promoted a church focused around love, acceptance, tolerance and charity - that church would have a much better reputation.
Just my two cents.