My Battle Cry for Church Renewal? Debureaucratization! by Dr. Jeff Mirus

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Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and


OK, I guess “debureaucratization” will never become an effective slogan; it hurts the eyes just to look at the word. But, to put the matter in a largish nutshell, the abandonment of the bureaucratic model of Church governance is probably the single most important path in our time to Catholic institutional renewal, and what we might also call genuine synodality. Another way to say this is that we need to put the emphasis back on personal episcopal authority and personal Christian responsibility. And to do this, one of the first tasks is to dismantle the massive national episcopal conferences, which tend to turn the Church into a bureaucracy. …

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