Thursday, February 25, 2010
Our business as clergy is about confidentiality and secrecy, it is integral to confessional and death bed. It is not that Father knows best, so often it is really that Father knows more but cannot say.
But, to paraphrase my young friend, "Lace curtains and frosted glass may have been fine a decade ago but today transparency and trust run hand in hand. The office is open plan, the old smoke filled rooms have dissappeared. Information is freely available. Respect is earnt not an automactically given. Private deals with state officials are recognised as only adding fuel to a sense of suspicion. Today people want to to see the workings not just the final product. Honesty and openess are seen as been utmost. Being accountable, especially to those who pay the bills is crucial."
He said that that is recognised everywhere, except in the Catholic Church.
Obviously, he just meant Ireland!
Posted by Fr Ray Blake