I recently wrote a profile of Kim Smolik, the CEO of Leadership Roundtable, a D.C.-based organization of laity, religious and clergy working to promote best practices in the management of the Catholic Church. The mentorship she received from a tribe of Catholic women had a profound impact and is now informing her work at Leadership Roundtable.
One of its suggestions for the Catholic Church is to elevate women, as this excerpt indicates:
Leadership Roundtable measures its impact through follow-up surveys and an annual report. This year’s 41-page report lays out a plan to create “a new culture of leadership” to “heal the body of Christ.” It calls for greater accountability and less clericalism, expressing the need for more “clergy-lay collaboration and co-responsibility.” In order to make bishops more accountable, for instance, that “co-responsibility” requires two steps: to “engage laity, including women, on personnel boards for clergy” and to “involve women in initial and ongoing clergy formation.”
These pointed conclusions resonate deeply with Smolik, who experienced the impact of lay women again and again in St. Paul.
Here's hoping Catholic sisters are among the women tapped for those important roles and boards!