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Catholic Bishops in the United StatesChurch Leadership in the Third Millennium$
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Stephen J. Fichter, Thomas P. Gaunt, Catherine Hoegeman, and Paul M. Perl

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190920289

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190920289.001.0001

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Personnel and Collaboration

Personnel and Collaboration

(p.83) 5 Personnel and Collaboration
Catholic Bishops in the United States

Stephen J. Fichter

Thomas P. Gaunt

Catherine Hoegeman

Paul M. Perl

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the bishop’s role as leader of an organization whose primary resources are people. Using data from the survey and interviews, the chapter explores bishops’ relationships and collaborations with Church personnel, including priests, deacons, religious, and lay persons. It also explores relationships with other bishops and collaborations through state and national bishops’ conferences. The first section explores the bishops’ perspectives and experiences with different types of Church personnel. The second section discusses how bishops rely on different individuals and groups to assist in their decision making. The final section looks beyond the diocese to relationships with fellow bishops, both individually and as part of national and state bishop conferences.

Keywords:   priests, deacons, religious men and women, lay ecclesial ministers, collaboration, bishops’ conferences

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