Skip to comments.Former JP Morgan manager: The business world could learn a lot from Pope Francis
Posted on 02/16/2014 7:49:41 AM PST by mgist
Jorge Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires widely considered to be the runner-up in 2005 when Pope Benedict XVI was elected to lead the Catholic Church, didn't hang around the Vatican and plot a political strategy that would eventually lead to him becoming Benedict's successor. Instead, the future Pope Francis quietly returned to his ministry on the streets of Argentina and then emerged as somewhat of a surprise pick last March after Benedict's retirement. To Chris Lowney, that's a stroke of leadership worthy of a case study. "He went totally off the radar. ... That to me was totally compelling," said the author of "Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads," which was published last year by Loyola Press. A former manager for global financial giant JP Morgan & Co. and a former Jesuit seminarian, Mr. Lowney is convinced the popular pontiff's leadership style is rooted in his training as a Jesuit. With its focus on self-awareness and service to others, Mr. Lowney believes, the Jesuits' philosophy could easily translate as a model for leaders ranging from Fortune 100 executives to community organizers.
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“Mr. Lowney is convinced the popular pontiff’s leadership style is rooted in his training as a Jesuit.”
I have said this all along.... this is not necessarily a good thing. The modern jesuit movement gives us such wonderful examples as the current pope and Jerry Brown
Yep, recognizing homosexual marriage is the work of the father of lies and abortion is murder. Yet businesses protect and include benefits for both.
Dude, at JP Morgan there are 100,000 ‘managers’. They all say different things....
Once, in America, its statesmen and leaders understood that philosophy also.
John Quincy Adams' words, quoted below, reflect reflect what Jefferson identified as "the American mind" from which the Declaration of Independence was derived.
President John Quincy Adams stated in Newburyport, July 4, 1837:
"In the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior...It forms a leading event in the Progress of the Gospel dispensation...
"Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer's mission upon earth?
"That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Saviour and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets 600 years before." - John Quincy Adams, An Oration Delivered Before the Inhabitants of the Town of Newburyport at Their Request on the Sixty-First Anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1837 (Newburyport: Charles Whipple, 1837), pp. 5-6 - See here.
Since the late 1800's, so-called "liberals," or "progressives," have waged an effort to "fundamentally change" America from its revolutionary foundations in Creator-endowed liberty backward into the Old World and later Marxian ideas of control by imaginary and "proxy" human grantors and protectors.
Perhaps an answer to the once-asked question here on FR: "Why does Christianity 'scare' . . . ?" may lie in the degree to which the foundation ideas upon which America's Declaration of Independence were laid and from which the concept of Creator-endowed individual liberty and the Source from which that liberty is derived have been removed from "the American mind" (Jefferson).
The same Jefferson "progressives" love to cite on a coercive "separation of church and state" notion also penned our Declaration of Independence which included references to God in four distinct manifestations.
In others of his writings, which "progressives" don't cite, he stated that Jesus "preached philanthropy and universal charity and benevolence," and that "a system of morals is presented to us [by Jesus], which, if filled up in the style and spirit of the rich fragments he left us, would be the most perfect and sublime that has ever been taught by man."
He wrote, "His moral doctrines...were more pure and perfect than those of the most correct of the philosophers...and they went far beyond both in inculcating universal philanthropy, not only to kindred and friends, to neighbors and countrymen, but to all mankind, gathering all into one family, under the bonds of love, charity, peace, common wants, and common aids," which, Jefferson said, "will evince the peculiar superiority of the system of Jesus over all others."
Comparing the Hebrew code which, according to Jefferson, "laid hold of actions only," "He [Jesus] pushed his scrutinies into the heart of man; erected his tribunal in the region of his thoughts, and purified the waters at the fountain head."
That Jefferson cut out the statements which he believed to be directly attributable to Jesus, pasted them into a little book which he kept by his bed and, by his own words, read from them daily, might lead one to conclude that his political philosphy probably was influenced by what he considered to be the superiority of the "philosophy" of Jesus.
It is unlikely that any person alive today has read the writings of as many of the great philosophers as Jefferson. His talents and abilities were legend. His devotion to liberty and to the ideas essential to liberty were based on simple principles, some of which, undoubtedly, came from his understanding of the basic law underlying all valid human law: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Perhaps the so-called "progressive" enemies of freedom understand better than those who fancy themselves as "conservatives" that in order to reverse the Founders' ideas of "People over government," and institute "government over People," they must first marginalize and destroy the ideas from which liberty is derived.
The writings of America's Founders are replete with references which rebuke would-be tyrants and cite a Higher Source for life, liberty and rights. Early histories confirm those facts.
As so-called "progressives" have led a movement in forsaking the Founders' "reliance on Divine Providence," and belief that individuals are "endowed by their Creator," they also have forsaken the principles underlying America's Constitution and Declaration of Independence, and are systematically dismantling the greatest protections for liberty ever established for a people.
"Ideas have consequences"(Weaver).
The ideas of 1776 came out of a set of ideas consistent with liberty.
We tend to forget, or have never considered, that other world views existed then, as now.
Unless today's citizens rediscover the ideas of liberty existing in what Jefferson called "the American mind" of 1776, we risk going back to the "Old World" ideas which preceded the "Miracle of America."
There are those who call themselves "progressives," when, in fact, their ideas are regressive and enslaving, and as old as the history of civilization.
Would suggest to any who wish an authentic history of the ideas underlying American's founding a visit to this web site, at which Richard Frothingham's outstanding 1872 "History of the Rise of the Republic of the United States" can be read on line.
This 600+-page history traces the ideas which gave birth to the American founding. Throughout, Richard Frothingham, the historian, develops the idea that it is "the Christian idea of man" which allowed the philosophy underlying the Declaration of Independence and Constitution to become a reality--an idea which recognizes the individual and the Source of his/her "Creator"-endowed life, liberty and law.
Is there any wonder that the enemies of freedom, the so-called "progressives," do not promote such authentic histories of America? Their philosophy puts something called "the state," or "global interests" as being superior to individuals and requires a political elitist group to decide what role individuals are to play.
In other words, they must turn the Founders' ideas upside-down in order to achieve a common mediocrity for individuals and power for themselves.
As Jefferson wisely observed:
"History, by apprising the people of the past, will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views."
All of which reinforces our conviction that the ideas of our Declaration of Independence and Constitution are as revolutionary and objectionable to tyrants as they were in 1776 and 1787!
Oh great! Another community organizer to lead the flock.
Thanks for the history book reference, saved one of the e-book references for future use.
Attended a Jesuit college in the fifties before the American Catholic Church imploded. One of the teaching priests was Daniel Berrigan, already a revolutionary. The girls loved him and many of the men, Korean veterans, could not have cared less because we had been told “EVERY JEBBY HAS A MOVEMENT” of his own. We interpreted that to mean that the Order invited diversity, intellectual diversity.
Berrigan, his brother and his sister-in-law all became Anti-War, Anti-American Advocates. None, as far as I can find out ever went to Cambodia, et al, to protest the millions of deliberate eliminations of people for their thinking or non-thinking. It is always better to protest where you are safe to voice your opinions.
Looking forward to reading Frothingham’s book.