Saturday, May 17, 2014

FOR THOSE WHO THINK I AM THE CAUSE OF DIVISION

(Note: The uploaded full report found at the link below has been fixed so that it is fully viewable.)

In December of 2010, the clergy of the Archdiocese of Agana met for a multi-day study to get to the bottom of the problems of this Archdiocese. Coordinating the study were representatives from CARA (Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate) which is based at Georgetown University.

The study produced a 69 page report, but as several members of the clergy have shared: NO CHANGES. In fact, as you can see from what we have documented on this blog: THINGS ARE WORSE. 

So for those who think that I am the cause of the problem, feel free to read the entire report which was published three years before there was a JungleWatch.

Here is a link to the full report. Below are the Major Findings.

Major Findings

• In survey responses, about three in ten Agana clergy describe unity of the clergy of the Archdiocese as being “strong,” a proportion somewhat smaller than the average for other dioceses that have participated in Cultivating Unity. One-third describe unity between the Archbishop and the clergy as “strong,” again a proportion slightly lower than in other Cultivating Unity dioceses. 

• The great majority of survey respondents, more than nine in ten, report having close friends among fellow clergy of the Archdiocese and say they enjoy attending liturgies with other clergy. However, slightly fewer than half perceive a sense of collegiality among clergy of the Archdiocese, and even fewer believe that morale is high among the clergy.

• When presented with a list of several potential challenges to clerical unity, many responding priests and deacons select issues surrounding relationships between the clergy and Archbishop, including: negativity of clergy toward the Archbishop, lack of openness or communication from the Archbishop, and lack of support of the clergy by the Archbishop. In response to an open-ended question about challenges to clerical unity in the Archdiocese, some explicitly discuss the need to improve relationships between the clergy and the Archbishop.

• In many dioceses, the issue of too much work is seen as an important challenge to unity, but this is not the case for Agana. Agana clergy tend to work fewer hours per week than the average for other dioceses and are less likely to report problems related to workload. Despite presumably facing fewer constraints on their time, Agana clergy do not socialize with one another more frequently than priests in other Cultivating Unity dioceses. Many Agana respondents also express the concern that many of their fellow clergy are not doing their fair share of work.

• In response to the open-ended question about challenges to clerical unity in the Archdiocese, many also point to tensions between Neocatechumenal clergy and others. However, other survey responses suggest that differences on doctrine, ecclesiology, and related issues are perceived as less challenging by Agana clergy than those in other Cultivating Unity dioceses.

• Asked about positive factors in the Archdiocese on which greater unity can be built, many respondents say they share a sense of common mission and enthusiasm for ministry. Some also emphasize the importance of open communication and working together in ministry.

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