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Pope Francis: Laid-Back or Authoritarian?

I hope he is both. I could care less whether he is laid-back (although it might work to his benefit).

Come what may, we would all benefit from some clarity about the nature of leadership. It is actually possible to be a laid back, pride-ridden, autocrat. I think that Francis will be a far better pope than that. But people who don't take the time to define leadership often get the worst of all worlds.

Gracious Lord, bless your servant Francis. Grant him the charisms of your servants Francis and Ignatius and so uphold him as a leader of Christ's One Holy and Apostolic Church that his ministry might bless those who enter its doors, care and minister to those far outside its walls, and truly be the body of the One in whose name we pray, Jesus Christ, your son. Amen.

3/18/2013 4:00:00 AM
Frederick Schmidt
About Frederick Schmidt
Frederick W. Schmidt is the author of The Dave Test: A Raw Look at Real Life in Hard Times (Abingdon Press: 2013) and several other books, including A Still Small Voice: Women, Ordination and the Church (Syracuse University Press, 1998), The Changing Face of God (Morehouse, 2000), When Suffering Persists (Morehouse, 2001), in Italian translation: Sofferenza, All ricerca di una riposta (Torino: Claudiana, 2004), What God Wants for Your Life (Harper, 2005), Conversations with Scripture: Revelation (Morehouse, 2005) and Conversations with Scripture: Luke (Morehouse, 2009). He holds the Rueben P. Job Chair in Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, and directs the Job Institute for Spiritual formation. He is an Episcopal Priest, spiritual director, retreat facilitator, conference leader, writer, and Consulting Editor at Church Publishing in New York. He and his wife, Natalie live in Chicago, Illinois. He can also be reached at: http://frederickwschmidt.com/