Thursday, May 15, 2008

A Vacuum of Leadership

About 10 days ago the Diocese of Wilmington, DE announced that it's St. Thomas the Apostle elementary school would close next month. This prompted a letter to the editor from a former student. Some of Zina Walsh's comments could just as easily have been written in response to the school closings in DOR.

Parishioners sitting in the pews and the children sitting in the desks are left with a vacuum of leadership. True leadership ... includes collaboration and communication with all concerned to ensure acceptance of the necessary results. (emphasis added)

Sadly, we sit and watch as nationwide school enrollments diminish, parishes close and baptized Catholics quietly walk away from the Church.

Given the current leadership model, should we really be surprised that the next generation is voting with their feet and looking at other religions and spiritualities? (emphasis added)

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