Patricia Bouteneff offers practical help in managing potential parish conflict.
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Parish council meetings have the actual potential of being the highlight of a priest’s monthly tasks. That’s the good news. The more difficult news is that to achieve this will take time and energy.
For starters perhaps we should begin with the subject of the “role” of the priest’s wife. Please hear this loud and clear: there is no longer a standard defined “role” for the spouse of a priest. There are as many roles as there are spouses of priests! This in no way denigrates the traditional pattern […]
Unsolicited advice, criticism, suggestions that feel like directives and downright judgment – all come with the territory of parish leadership. It is of great importance for personal sanity and family wellness that the priest learns how to constructively and beneficially deal with this. Here are some suggestions.
There are many forms of courage in the world. Undertaking a difficult conversation on a awkward subject is one of them. Though sometimes seemingly fraught with peril, woe to the priest who does not acquire the ability to effectively conduct these with charity, humility and a sincere desire to understand – but also to sometimes set a boundary or lovingly assert his position.
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