Now dig this tweet.
2019 was a busy year @UKinHolySee🇬🇧🇻🇦. We thank the Holy See and the Catholic networks for working together on freedom of religion and belief, climate change, media freedom, modern slavery, conflict resolution, @end_svc, fake news. We look forward to an even busier 2020! pic.twitter.com/TlQbXqfB1w— UK in Holy See 🇬🇧🇻🇦 (@UKinHolySee) December 31, 2019
Let's look at the list and see if the Catholic Church has any hope of being first or second in any of these business areas.
- Freedom of religion (YES)
- Climate change (NO)
- Media freedom (NO)
- Modern slavery (MAYBE with a lot of our dwindling resources invested)
- Conflict resolution (NO)
- Sexual abuse (MANDATORY after acknowledging this was the Church's Stalingrad - a bad idea that has bled us almost to death)
- Fake news (NO)
The list is also a hodgepodge. If I had to characterize it, I'd say it's a grab bag of progressive causes. It's also a total luxury for the Church which is experiencing massive, simultaneous personnel, customer and financial crises. Imagine JC Penney, near the end of its run, pouring resources into climate change and fake news.
Leaderless, $4 billion in debt and with a stock price below $2, the besieged retailer faces an uncertain fate after posting its latest round of dismal earnings.That sounds like the Church all over - a lack of understanding about what it is, what it stands for, and who it wants to serve. So now what do we get? Climate change, media freedom, fake news and undoubtedly a future push against white supremacists, all seven of them.
"They're in a leaky boat that eventually will sink," said Mark Cohen, the director of retail studies at the Columbia Business School and a former CEO of Sears Canada and other department stores. "The prognosis for the future is not happiness."
...Penney finds itself weighed down by years of errors, failed CEOs and muddled attempts to establish a clear identity with shoppers.
Penney closed 141 stores last year is closing eight more this year. It has more than 860 left, but hundreds are in troubled malls, with leases that prevent Penney from escaping...
Analysts say the company lacks the cash and focused strategy to compete against big box sellers Target and Walmart, which are battling for every inch in stores, and Amazon, which is gobbling up digital sales.
Penney is plagued by a "lack of understanding about what it is, what it stands for, and who it wants to serve," said Neil Saunders, an analyst at GlobalData Retail.
Nigel Fairservice responded particularly cogently. "Catholicism used to be about saving souls for Jesus. You fail."
|Say, don't we have a parish or two that's doing the same thing? Maybe we should talk more about plastics in the ocean.|