Diversity at the Top

Last week, I attended a luncheon where the speaker was the noted Vatican observer, Austen Ivereigh. Ivereigh has just published his second book on Pope Francis entitled, Wounded Shepherd: Pope Francis and His Struggle to Convert the Catholic Church.

One thing I have learned from the book is that the Pope has a habit of appointing his critics to senior positions in the Vatican. Although himself a liberal reformer, Francis apparently likes to hear arguments for traditionalist points of view. That may explain why turnover in the higher echelons of the church has recently been high–just today, for example, a senior financial official resigned.

Pope Francis’s practice of including diverse points of view at the senior level seems to me a good, if risky, strategy. I don’t see another way the polarized political camps can begin to work together. It would also seem to be a more tolerant and open way to run our own Episcopal Church hierarchies. —J. Douglas Ousley

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One Response to “Diversity at the Top”

  1. Cindy says:


    I believe that Abraham Lincoln selected men to be on his cabinet. They were political rivals and strongly disagreed with him. He chose them because he wanted to rely on his own judgement. Perhaps that is Pope Francis’s reason?

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