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Church Ethics and Its Organizational Context is the first book to provide a broadly interdisciplinary approach to understanding the leadership crisis in the Catholic Church in the wake of the sex abuse scandal and how it was handled. Well-known scholars, religious clergy, and laymen in the trenches of church formation and leadership come together from the disciplines of organizational behavior, theology, sociology, history, and law, to foster the creation of a new code of ethics that is both ecclesial and professional. Touching on issues of governance, authority, accountability, and transparency, this volume goes on to specifically explore whether and how professional ethics can shape the identity and actions of Church leaders, ministers, and their congregations. While evoked by the sex scandal in the Church, the essays in this book raise questions that have implications far beyond this current issue, to much broader issues such as the role of professionalism in ethics and what it means for an organization to engage in moral action.
This book will empower those trained in organizational theory and sociology to enter into the dialog of the present crisis of the Church no longer having to feel that the domain is restricted to psychology and moral theology.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part I. New Ways of Understanding the Crisis Part 3 Section 1: The Crisis and the Scandal Chapter 4 Understanding the Crisis in the Church Chapter 5 The Sexual Abuse Scandal as Social Drama Part 6 Section 2: The Context of the Church in the United States Chapter 7 The Six Stages of Catholicism in America Chapter 8 The Struggle to Preserve Religious Capital: A Sociological Perspective on the Catholic Church in the United States Part 9 Section 3. The Church and Leadership: Perspectives on Reform Chapter 10 Ecclesiological Perspectives on Church Reform Chapter 11 Looking Good vs. Being Good: Pitfalls of Maintaining Perceptions of Strong Leadership Following Organizational Scandals Part 12 Part II. Ethics, Organizations, and Church Culture Part 13 Section 1: Framing Professional Relationships in the Church Chapter 14 Toward an Ecclesial Professional Ethics Chapter 15 Renewing the Psychological Contracts of the Clergy and Laity Part 16 Section 2: Organizational Perspectives on Morality and Ethics Chapter 17 Organizational Morality Chapter 18 Ethics Codes, Intervention and Corruption Reform Methods for Ecclesial Professionals Part 19 Section 3: Proposing an Ethical Code? Chapter 20 A Professional Code of Ethics Reflecting the Nature of a Christian Vocation and an Understanding of Leadership in the Church Chapter 21 A Professional Code of Ethics? Part 22 Section 4: Civil and Canonical Cautions Chapter 23 Toward an Ecclesiastical Professional Ethic: Lessons from the Legal Profession Chapter 24 "Turning Pro:" Theologico-Canonical Hurdles on the Way to a Professional Ethic for Church Leaders Part 25 Section 5: Reflections on an Ethical Church Culture Chapter 26 Reflections on Ethics Organizations, and Church Culture Chapter 27 An Ethical Church Culture Part 28 Biographical Sketches