Pluralism, Inclusivism, Exclusivism - and Roman Catholicism
- By Professor Prabhu Guptara
- Published 04/17/2010
Professor Prabhu Guptara
Professor Prabhu Guptara is Executive Director, Organisational Development, Wolfsberg (a subsidiary of UBS - one of the largest banks in the world). He is also Freeman of the City of London and of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, and Chartered Fellow of the of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; he is also Fellow: of the Institute of Directors, of the Royal Commonwealth Society, and of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts Commerce and Manufactures; and he continues to supervise PhD research at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) as well as to be Visiting Professor at various Universities and Business Schools around the world.
Earlier roles include: a Governor of the Polytechnic of Central London, Member of the Council of the British Institute of Management, of the International Federation of Training & Development Organisations (IFTDO), of the Association for Management Education and Development (UK), of the South East Regional Council of the Confederation of British Industry.
Judge, 1988 National Training Awards, 1980 Commonwealth Poetry Prize, 1990 & 1991 Deo Gloria Prize for Fiction; Chair of the Panel of Judges, Deo Gloria Prize 1992 & 1993.
Experience with an enormous range of organisations including: Akzo Nobel (Netherlands), the Associated Banks Institute (Germany), Barclays Bank (UK), British Petroleum (UK), the Council of Europe, Cultor (Finland), Deutsche Bank (Germany), Groupe Bull (France), Federation of Finnish Engineers (Finland), the International Management Association of Japan, Kemira (Finland), Kraft Jakob Suchard (Switzerland), Leadership Academy (Finland), Nokia Telecommunications (Finland), Novo Nordisk (Denmark), Sedgwick International Insurance and Reinsurance Brokers (UK), Singapore Institute of Management, Sonatrach (Algeria), Sun Alliance (UK), UNCTAD, Valeo (France), and so on.
Organiser, chair and lecturer by invitation for numerous international conferences, he has contributed widely to radio and television in the UK and other countries (The Money Program, Any Questions) and has written for Financial Times (London, UK), The Guardian, The Times and other publications; articles, for example, in The Gower Handbook of Management, The Gower Handbook of Quality, and the International Encyclopedia of Business & Management (Routledge).
A CD-ROM has been issued of his lecture at the Professorenforum, University of Zurich, titled "Making the World Better - Why it does NOT happen...and what TO DO about it"
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His best-known research publication is "Top Executives in the Global 100 Companies and their IT-Competence" (ADVANCE: Management Training Ltd., UK, and Wolfsberg Executive Development Centre, Switzerland, 1998); and he is included in Debrett's People of Today and in Who's Who in the World. Professor Prabhu Guptara lives in Switzerland.
Here is my response:
The piece you attached is a good one, though it focuses on religions.
So far as I can see, all religions are essentially institutions that work and even fight for their own power, riches and glory (they may do a certain amount of good and a certain amount of harm on the way, but that is incidental).
Vatican II was an interesting experiment for the Roman Church but, as with Chairman Mao's "Let a thousand flowers bloom and a thousand schools of thought contend", it was overtaken by events and by later orthodoxies - in the case of China, by the new orthodoxy of the market and, in the case of the Roman Church, by the old orthodoxy which was brought back by Pope John Paul II.
The current focus of the world on the question of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests and the way that matter is handled will prove much more significant than Vatican II for the future of the Roman Church.
What makes the Roman Church different from other Churches is its claim to be the final arbiter of what is or is not acceptable to God, with the Pope as "Christ's Vicar on earth", and therefore able to determine definitively all matters of faith when he speaks in council ("ex cathedra").
So far as I can see, Jesus the Lord came to earth precisely because of the absolutism, impropriety, inadequacy and corruption of religion - but some who claimed to be his followers made a religion out of what should be a simple matter of a direct relationship with him without reference to priests, popes, churches and the rest.