Category Archives: Leadership

‘We Want Barabbas’ in Our Own Times

We all have the tendency to look upon the Gospel as (1) a historical record from long, long ago, and (2) providing nice quotes to provide comfort for our own struggles. It’s much less common, I think, to reflect upon … Continue reading

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Knights Call for Action to Protect Syrian, Iraq Christians, Others

Carl Anderson, CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Knights of Columbus urged the U.S. to address the on-going crisis of Christian and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq. In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global … Continue reading

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A Storied Newspaper Empire Makes the Case for No Debt

When St. Paul wrote, “Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another,” he wasn’t just talking about personal relations.  The injunction to “owe nothing to anyone” turns out to be sound business advice, too. Latest case in point:  Hearst … Continue reading

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Christians Fear Genocide in Refugee Camps, Knights of Columbus Warns

Despite the promise of safe harbor, fleeing Middle Eastern Christians continue to fear the ongoing genocide — even in refugee camps — according to international observers whose voices are being amplified by a new advertising campaign sponsored by the Knights … Continue reading

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What Europe Can Learn from St. Stephen of Hungary

Night after night, our TV screens are inundated by heart-wrenching images of Syrian and Libyan refugees fleeing the violence wreaked by the Islamic State upon their native land, of the bodies of refugee children washed up on the shore. Surging … Continue reading

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What Companies Can Learn from Pope’s Management Style

Pope Francis I is changing centuries of Church practice by decisively detaching prelates accused of severe wrongdoing from their positions rather than waiting years, or even decades, for determinations of guilt, and University of Chicago Booth School of Business Prof. … Continue reading

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At the VA, and at GM, a False God

The scandal at the Veterans Affairs Department follows quickly that at General Motors.  And it wasn’t all that long ago we were talking about Bernie Madoff, the con artist who posed as a high-returns-generating investment advisor. The VA scandal is … Continue reading

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Raising a Moral Child

The New York Times has an interesting on how to raise a moral child.  It turns out (no surprise) that the example set by a child’s parents speaks louder than what the parents says, and that words make a big … Continue reading

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One Day at a Time

How often do we get ahead of ourselves? Have you every known someone who has great plans for the distant future, but meanwhile neglects today’s activities? That’s one of my great weaknesses.  Early on, living in Jersey City, N.J., I … Continue reading

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Are Toll Roads Sinful?

Today’s First Reading cautions us to “show no partiality” between the rich and the poor, saying “if a man with gold rings and fine clothes comes into your assembly, and a poor person with shabby clothes also comes in, and … Continue reading

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