DSM: RE: RE: consensus

Hathaway, Todd LTJG (thathaway@spruance.navy.mil)
Mon, 18 Sep 2000 11:52:19 -0400

When the Catholic Church selects a new pope, a consensus has to be found
before the decision is made public. The same is the case with Mother
Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. Mother Teresa requested to have someone
else be selected to replace her as head of the organization she founded, due
to her poor health ("God will find another person, more humble, more
devoted, more obedient to him, and the society will go on." -- Calcutta
1989, after announcing her intention to retire.) The only dissenting vote
to the consensus was her own ("I was expecting to be free, but God has his
own plans." -- Calcutta 1990, when the sisters of her order persuaded her to
withdraw her resignation.). She released her attachment to the belief that
she should be replaced after the vote was taken. As long a consensus of
intentions is reached, the people involved must be willing to release any
attachments to the outcome, or the occasion will inevitably arise where a
consensus will not be reached and a division within the group may develop.

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