Leadership Roundtable has assembled several sets of resources to support Catholic leaders who encounter and seek guidance when responding to crises, particularly the recent crises of abuse and leadership failures, the global pandemic, and financial mismanagement.
Additionally, we are happy to connect you with others who have already gone through formation in best practices for administration, leadership, and management.
Resources for responding to the twin crises of abuse and leadership failure
Since 2002, the Catholic Church has faced the crisis of abuse. In 2018, the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report brought to light a second, twin crisis of leadership failure in response to abuse. Leadership Roundtable has compiled the following resources for parishes, dioceses, and Catholic organizations as they respond to and move forward from these twin crises.
- Recommendations for USCCB June Assembly (2019)
- “Heal the Body of Christ: A Plan to Create a New Culture of Leadership and a New Response to Abuse in the Catholic Church,” a Report from the Catholic Partnership Summit (2019)
- Next Steps for U.S. Bishops and Laity after Vatican Abuse Meeting, February 2019
- Catholics Call the Pope and Bishops to reform the Church with a new culture of leadership that is transparent, accountable, and co-responsible, February 2019
- Leadership Roundtable to Hold Summit to Address Twin Crises of Abuse and Leadership in Catholic Church, January 2019
- “Bishops called to respond to sexual abuse and leadership crises”: Leadership Roundtable’s Statement on the USCCB Fall General Assembly, November 2018
- Recommendations to Respond to the Twin Crises in the Catholic Church in the United States, November 2018, from Leadership Roundtable Convening of Bishops and Lay Experts
- A Summary of Recommendations from the USCCB, Clergy, and Laity for Responding to Crisis, October 2018
- Let the Light of Christ Shine: A white paper to address the dual crisis facing the Catholic Church in the United States, October 2018, from Leadership Roundtable
- “Healthy Leadership and Management Leads to a Healthy Church”: Leadership Roundtable’s statement in response to the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report and credible allegations against former Cardinal McCarrick, August 2018
- Benchmarks for Seminary and House of Formation Sexual Misconduct Policies
- A Catholic Leader’s Guide to Implementing the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People
- Frameworks for Responding to the Crisis and Restoring Trust in Dioceses, October 2018
- Restoring Trust: Recommendations for Action, October 2018
- The Francis Effect and Changing Church Culture: Advancing Best Managerial and Leadership Practices
- Resources and Recommendations for Creating a New Culture of Leadership
- “Deeds, not Words” Article by Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jim Dubik, May 2019
- Winning the All-Out Battle, article by Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jim Dubik, May 2019
- Recovery and Reform: The Tasks of Leadership, article and powerpoint by Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jim Dubik, March 2019
- On the Road to Emmaus, video and article by Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Jim Dubik, November 2018
Resources for responding to global crisis
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Leadership Roundtable curated the following resources for Catholic leaders when faced with a crisis similar to the pandemic. These resources will help your parish, diocese, or Catholic organization lead through a crisis, as well as implement best practices for the long-term health of your faith community.
- 5 Tips for Diocesan Leaders in Times of Crisis
- 5 Tips for Parish Financial Management in Times of Crisis
- 5 Tips for Pastoral Ministry Teams in Times of Crisis
- 5 Tips for Communications in Times of Crisis
- 4 Tips for Hispanic/Latino Pastoral Ministry in Times of Crisis
- 4 Consejos para el Ministerio Pastoral Hispano/Latino en Tiempo de Crisis
- How to effectively livestream Mass in the event of parish closure
Resources for responding to financial crisis
There is enormous potential to strengthen the Church’s financial practices and a moral urgency to undertake such work. We compiled the following resources for parish and diocesan leaders, as well as leaders of Catholic organizations, to strengthen their financial management and transparency.