Responsibility
and
Authority
Oblate Meeting
St. Scholastica Monastery
Duluth, Minnesota
17 November 2013
Authority
• 21st century uses lens of power
• Obedience (Chapter 5)
• Two forms of authority (Chapter 1)
– A Rule
– A lead...
Delegated Authority
• The Dean (Ch 21)
• The Porter (Ch 66)
• The Cellarer (Ch 31)
has charge of all the
material goods.
•...
The Leader
• Fear of strong
leader in 21st century
• Leadership studies
often focus on “how
to set direction” and
“how to ...
Authority of
the Leader
• Chapter 2
• Chapter 64
• “Under a Rule”
Responsibility
• 21st century uses language of “accountability”
• Fear of blame, guilt, punishment
• Nearly adversarial re...
Responding to Need
• Manual Labor
(Chapter 48)
• The Sick
(Chapter 36)
• Recalcitrant monks &
Senpectae (Chapter
27)
• Imp...
Ultimate
Authority
• School of the
Lord’s Service
• Even leader is
responsible to
Jesus – in end
times and daily.
The central reality and hope,
for Benedict, is the joy of serving Christ
and the hope of life with him.
OUR CHALLENGE:
HOW DO WE LIVE THIS TODAY?
Responsibility
and
Authority
Oblate Meeting
St. Scholastica Monastery
Duluth, Minnesota
17 November 2013
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Responsibility and Authority can be seen as reciprocal sides of the same relationship. These slides accompanied a presentation of the Benedictine perspective on these two important virtues.

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Responsibility and Authority

  1. 1. Responsibility and Authority Oblate Meeting St. Scholastica Monastery Duluth, Minnesota 17 November 2013
  2. 2. Authority • 21st century uses lens of power • Obedience (Chapter 5) • Two forms of authority (Chapter 1) – A Rule – A leader
  3. 3. Delegated Authority • The Dean (Ch 21) • The Porter (Ch 66) • The Cellarer (Ch 31) has charge of all the material goods. • Authority to lead psalms and refrains (Ch 47)
  4. 4. The Leader • Fear of strong leader in 21st century • Leadership studies often focus on “how to set direction” and “how to get others to follow your lead.” • This image is called “Healing of the Wayward Monk”
  5. 5. Authority of the Leader • Chapter 2 • Chapter 64 • “Under a Rule”
  6. 6. Responsibility • 21st century uses language of “accountability” • Fear of blame, guilt, punishment • Nearly adversarial relationship with authority and power
  7. 7. Responding to Need • Manual Labor (Chapter 48) • The Sick (Chapter 36) • Recalcitrant monks & Senpectae (Chapter 27) • Impossible Tasks (Chapter 68) • Not defend another (Chapter 69)
  8. 8. Ultimate Authority • School of the Lord’s Service • Even leader is responsible to Jesus – in end times and daily.
  9. 9. The central reality and hope, for Benedict, is the joy of serving Christ and the hope of life with him.
  10. 10. OUR CHALLENGE: HOW DO WE LIVE THIS TODAY?
  11. 11. Responsibility and Authority Oblate Meeting St. Scholastica Monastery Duluth, Minnesota 17 November 2013

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