"The new Pope, the 76-year old Argentinean Jesuit, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was Ratzinger’s main contender in the last Conclave. He is unusual in that he has always rejected posts in the Roman Curia and only visited the Vatican when it was absolutely necessary. One thing he hates to see in the clergy is 'spiritual worldliness': ecclesiastical careerism disguised as clerical refinement."
Next to the sexual abuse scandals, ecclesiastical careerism is probably one of the most dangerous diseases infecting the Church.
It gives birth to and nurtures secrets, lies, dysfunction, betrayal, wheeling-dealing, and factionalism. When your heart and mind are focused on advancing your career, you aren't watching the ecclesial bottom-line: preaching the Gospel.
Of course, it's nothing new.
It all started with James and John, the sons of Zebedee, and their ambitious mama. And there's really no way to cure this disease short of the Second Coming.
However, a pope can certainly stem the tide against the infection by appointing people who are dedicated to serving the Church and not their own C.V.'s.
The first step is sweep the stables! Send those who have been in power (directly or indirectly) away from Rome and appoint people who have no skin in the Vatican Game. In fact, appoint people who are ready, willing, and able to ask hard questions and demand answers.
When the same names keep popping up year after year on the same lists of Vatican dicasteries, you know that things are getting stale and stalled. How can past mistakes be fixed if the people who made those mistakes won't admit that they made them b/c doing so would hurt their C.V.'s?
God bless Pope Francis. . .he's got his work cut out for him.
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