``This comes out of BC's desire to be assisting the church," said the Rev. William P. Leahy, president of Boston College
Under the veil of charity,no less, Boston College Church in the 21st Century, Peter Lynch, Jack Connors, the Roundtable of Church Management, etc., are going to shore up Catholic identity:
"College officials say the efforts are motivated by a desire to help the church, but the program could also serve as part of an answer to occasional critics who have questioned the strength of the college's Catholic identity. The programs will be marketed to non-Catholics, as well as Catholics."
"In the fall of 2002, the university launched the Church in the 21st Century program, which was later converted into a permanent research center studying issues facing contemporary Catholicism."
"BC is also working with other Catholic colleges in the archdiocese to come up with ways to improve marketing and fund-raising by Catholic schools, and the chairman emeritus of the BC board of trustees, Jack Connors Jr., is overseeing an effort to reorganize the Catholic school system in Boston"
The article essentially maintains that this crew has now usurped the Chancery as the educational component of Catholicism at every level, which if course, is absolutely true:
The university has also been attempting to shore up parochial schools, which are struggling in Boston and much of the country. The Lynch School of Education at BC is increasing its efforts at teacher development for Catholic schools, oversees a residential and educational program for college graduates who want to teach in Boston Catholic schools, and is helping to manage one struggling parochial school, St. Columbkille, in Brighton near the college.
A national organization of 225 prominent Catholics, the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, has as one of its primary focuses the need for more professional administrative practices by dioceses. At a meeting in Philadelphia this week, the group singled out the Archdiocese of Boston for praise, in recognition of its disclosure of its finances earlier this year, and urged other dioceses to follow suit.
The article demonstrates how the shift in power in education has now usurped the Archdiocese:
"The efforts mark a shift in the dynamic between the university and the archdiocese."
"Just a few years ago, BC was defending its academic freedom against an ultimately failed national effort by the church to more tightly monitor the teachings of Catholic theologians; now the college is in a stronger financial position and arguably enjoys greater credibility than the archdiocese."
"The university has also become a primary location for discussion of controversial church issues, particularly gender, that the diocese has been unwilling to tackle directly"
``It's all part of our effort in helping to renew the church," Leahy said.
"Thomas H. Groome, professor of theology and director of BC's Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, said last year's meeting of the roundtable, which includes numerous prominent business leaders, prompted him to propose the church management program. Groome said Villanova University in Pennsylvania is exploring a similar program."
``When you think about the crisis in the Catholic Church, there are many causes -- theological, canonical, structural, sociological -- but one of the causes is poor management of personnel and resources, and to bring quality management would seem an imperative strategy for reform," Groome said."