Conley: Evangelizing includes thinking outside the bureaucratic box

(Crux) There’s a sense in which Catholic bishops, like mid-level managers of any institution, are basically bureaucrats. They have to manage projects and personnel, they have to oversee budgets, and, in effect, a core part of their job is to make sure the Church’s trains keep running on time.

That doesn’t mean, however, bishops are under the illusion that most creative energy in the Church, or even very much of it, bubbles up through its bureaucratic structures. When pressed for an example of evangelical creativity in Nebraska, for instance, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln offers one clearly outside the official box.

“I have one guy who’s a lawyer from Hastings,” Conley said, referring to a town a little over 100 miles to the west of Lincoln.

“He goes to all the [University of Nebraska] Husker football games, puts a table out in front of the stadium, and hands out rosaries and answers questions about the Church,” he said. “That guy’s really doing something.”

For the record, Conley said the rosary is red, the Huskers’ color, and the lone requirement to get one is the ability to say, “Go Big Red!” [More]