Chancing to read the Catholic Herald for only the second time in ten years, I was dismayed to read the article of October 11 entitled "Analysing the Critical Path" Having read that the Pope had recently banned "pop" music in churches, I had hoped that perhaps sanity was returning. Who knows, I told Myself, perhaps the Latin Mass will be restored, the trendy clerics dismissed, and all that "postConciliar" clap-trap dispensed with.
Not so. Alas, on opening your pages I found that things are even worse than they were ten years ago. Your columns are full of fashionable jargon. To cap it all, I read that regular and secular priests are now attending courses to learn "management techniques".
In future, priests are to be concerned with "prints-out". "five year plans", "CPA", "MBO" and so on. God help us! 1 thought priests were concerned with saving souls, not acquiring entrepreneurial expertise.
The writer of the article optimistically states that "CPA is used to plan projects so that the right resources are available at the right time." I recently worked for an organisation which adopted "CPA" and became "computerised". The ensuing chaos did much to persuade me to leave. Almost invariably the resources were in the wrong place at the wrong time. And it was never anybody's fault: "We can't help it, it's the computer."
If such techniques are going to he employed by the Church, then it will need more than its usual qtiota of divine guidance!
R. G. W. Rickord, 38 Tiffany Close, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire.