Posts Tagged servant leadership

Goodbye, climbers! We need to restore servant leadership in the priesthood / National Catholic Reporter

Ambition is one of the worst and most destructive features of clericalism. If we are going to reform the priesthood, we need to tame the demon of ambition and substitute the idea of servant leadership. (National Catholic Reporter)

When I was in the seminary in Rome, we called them ‘Alpiners,’ the ‘climbers’ among our fellow seminarians who were ambitious to climb up the corporate ladder of the church. They had a secret (or not so secret) ambition to be a bishop or a Vatican official. Sometimes it was painfully obvious. One guy was caught with a ‘hope chest’ in his room, full of bishops’ accoutrements like miters, a pectoral cross and a collapsible crozier.

“For the ‘Alpiners,’ their priesthood is a not a call to serve, but to be served. It is the opposite of what Jesus wanted. (See Luke 22:27, John 13:14 and Matthew 23:11-12.) Ambition is one of the worst and most destructive features of clericalism. If we are going to reform the priesthood, we need to tame the demon of ambition and substitute the idea of servant leadership.

“Ambition gives oxygen and energy to the evils of clericalism. It comes from a desire to dominate others. It is a common temptation. In the desert, even Jesus was tempted by the evil one with the power to rule over the kingdoms of the Earth.”

By Fr. Peter Daly, National Catholic Reporter — Read more …

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A Message from Pope Francis for Clergy to Be Humble Servants?

Pope Francis spoke recently to the heads of religious orders of nuns gathered in Rome from around the world. In his address, he admonished the clergy for their ambitions. Philip Pullella, a writer for Reuters, said this is a call from Pope Francis for servant leadership from all the clergy. Other writers have had different opinions about the Pope’s address, but we are greatly in favor of servant leadership. As a speaker at a Voice of the Faithful® event once said — Every sacristy should have a sign above the door reading “Servants Entrance.” Here is a link to Pullella’s story as it appeared in The Washington Post, “No Room for ‘Careerists’ or ‘Social Climbers’ among Clergy, Pope Says.”

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