CHAPTER 9

Run Your Organization Like a Field Hospital

Pope Francis has a unique perspective on the Catholic Church. He likes to compare it to a mobile army surgical hospital (MASH) unit, or a field hospital—a temporary hospital set up close to a battle zone to provide emergency care for the wounded. He said in 2013, “The thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful: it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars! You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds … and you have to start from ...

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