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There are two remaining challenges David Perlich identifies in his “5 challenges Pope Francis will face“. (http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2013/03/13/f-pope-issues.html):
It must be difficult to know where to begin. The challenges facing the new spiritual leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics are enormous. But Pope Francis I has lots of advisers out there, keen to offer direction.
Poor Pope Francis. He has hardly had time for a good night’s sleep in his new papal bed and already the critics are sharpening their knives.
It is easy to be critical of institutions. For the most part they do not seem to work all that well and the bigger they are, the easier it is to point out their flaws.
It is refreshing to be able to post something positive and wise from a US Army General.
9. Leaders should be thoughtful but decisive. Listen to subordinates’ input, evaluate courses of action and second- and third-order effects, but be OK with an “80 percent solution.” “There will be many moments when all eyes turn to you for a decision. Be prepared for them. Don’t shrink from them. Embrace them.” Sometimes the best move is the bold move.
5. We all will make mistakes. The key is to recognize them and admit them, to learn from them, and to take off the rear view mirrors—drive on and avoid making them again.
On Friday 9 November, 2012 The director of the CIA, David Petraeus, resigned from his position as the head of the US Civilian Intelligence Agency after admitting to an extramarital affair.
As much as Pierre Berton in his book,The Comfortable Pew identified a church that continued to exert tremendous influence in the culture of his day, he also described a church in which he saw a few problems.
Everyone in the Christian Church seems to agree that the way we in the church have been doing business for the past fifty years is no longer working.