Tuesday, November 26, 2019
"Women in Roman Catholic Leadership of the Independent Nation of The Holy See An Organizational Management Perspective" By J Striebinger
The Holy See (Vatican City) is a contributing member to the United Nations. Since they accept and wear that hat, they need to look at themselves from that lens. Therefore, pertaining to the holy vocation of women priests, “The Holy See condemns all forms of violence against women, including harmful stereotypes that justify violence and promote discrimination against them. During his visit to Peru earlier this year, Pope Francis affirmed that “violence against women cannot be treated as ‘normal,’ maintaining a culture of machismo blind to the leading role that women play in our communities.” He said that we cannot “look the other way and let the dignity of women, especially young women, be trampled upon.” ”(6. Pope Francis, Greeting to the local population, Puerto Maldonado, 19 January 2018.) Statement by H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio, Permanent Observer of the Holy See Seventy-third Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Third Committee, Agenda Item 29: Advancement of women, New York, 8 October 2018 found here:
“Maintaining a culture of machismo blind to the leading role that women play in our communities,” is self-reflective of the Roman Catholic Church Organization today. If this line of thinking is appropriate when talking about the nation of Peru, it can be applied to its own role as an independent nation of the Holy See as they represent themselves in the role of permanent observer at the United Nations. This statement condemns their own behavior toward the equality of women in the priesthood or leadership positions.
In this same letter, Archbishop Bernardito Auza goes on to state, “The Secretary-General’s report details a disturbing prevalence of physical, verbal, and even “cyber” violence against women and girls and highlights the need for legal measures to protect women’s participation in the community, without fear of violence. Though it is encouraging to learn about increased awareness-raising campaigns and increased engagement of men, boys and community leaders, it is, however, a matter of serious concern that still, in many countries, authors of domestic violence remain unpunished. Families are the glue of society, and so when the family becomes a place of violence, the effects are catastrophic for all. We must therefore act against this source of suffering with every possible legal instrument and through the promotion of a culture that repudiates every form of violence.” This declaration supports that harsher measures should be applied to the organizational church’s own laws with regards to violence committed by men towards women (and children). Instead of punishing people with exclusion as in people who divorce, which is entirely the cause of domestic discord, the consequences for men committing violence against women should be the focus of “harsher measures.” If the Holy See and Vatican City are going to participate in the United Nations as an independent state then they need to follow their own national declarations. Their stance of men committing violence against women (and children) needs to have much more severe consequences in their own independent nation, a nation that is recognized by the world as being an independent nation.
Since it was established by the Nation of the Holy See that discrimination against women is unacceptable and leads to violence, then the legal “consequences” should be severe. To rectify the situation, women need to be put in an ultimate leadership role, or to be given a way to have final say until this behavior changes. Taking a stance like this would enhance arguments for women priests or women in high spiritual standing to have significant leadership in the Roman Catholic Church. Perhaps a compromise is that the Nation of the Holy See fund a governing organization outside of the current institution that has absolute authority on matters concerning the treatment of women and children, to include hiring and firing of clergy at any level for non-compliance of mandates from this governing organization. This arrangement is needed so the women’s organization doesn’t become the authority without the ability to follow through on any mandates. This governing organization could be comprised of women priests and by spiritual women with the skill sets to support implementing the appropriate changes to the organization.
J Striebinger has a Master Degree in Management Information Systems and has worked in Organizational Change and Development across functional settings in large companies to include companies with offices in multiple locations and around the globe. Striebinger has served proudly in the United States Airforce and was raised Roman Catholic. Striebinger’s biggest blessings are being the mother of a son with special needs and having the love and support from her husband to be the best mother she can be for her son. Striebinger’s experience in living and working with people from different parts of the world, has led to a full appreciation that treating each person as an equal, regardless of corporate position, is the key to having a cohesive team. It is also what allowed her to be able to work with teams of people to grow her son to his full potential. “Caregiving is the most critical function of any society and deserves the recognition and resources to make every situation as comfortable as possible in order to allow the best quality of life for everyone in the community.”
Working with multiple other families to secure community, state, and federal resources has given Jill the opportunity to observe life from a strategic organizational management perspective. “Disparate resources for people with disabilities and their caregivers as well as typical mothers and children are flaws in a system that funds expensive institutional solutions putting profit over best practices at the expense of the world’s most important resources, its people;” says Striebinger. “There is not a shortage of resources as much as there is a shortage of the ability to think strategically. It is a fiduciary responsibility of any leadership, be it local, state, country, or world to understand the implications of ineffective short-term solutions that reflect the inability of all leaders across all systems to understand the problem. Having a child that needed to have life broken down into very small chunks of information in order to accomplish learning has shown that the ability to break down any problem into understandable pieces is needed everywhere.” Striebinger’s unique ability in breaking down work into small manageable chunks in projects for her child and in the workplace shows that a successful approach is one that brings people along towards a unifying strategic goal through objectives that are understandable and doable. “Stepping through ideas and tasks and showing how these changes affect an eventual outcome is the only way to accomplish large projects and not get tripped up in goals that appear to be giant leaps of faith. Most social change plans do not show a direct connection to the eventual goal as they are too short-sighted as use faulty assumptions for cause and effect. Ineffective solutions are often implemented using negative reinforcement techniques that actually impair the ability to reach lofty goals.” An information systems background and behavioral analysis techniques have honed her ability to look at inputs and outputs to different social systems related to goals and given her the ability to find the most appropriate way to implement best practices. “The quick way is not usually on the path to success. It is a plodding, careful unraveling of a knot, that gets the best results.”
Quotes from interview on 11/26/19 with BMM on the topic of “Implementing Strategic Reform in the Roman Catholic Church.”