by Fr Duncan McVicar on 29/10/2012 -
Who were these men and what qualifications did they have? Today companies screen people for management positions. And Church authorities also screen people for positions of leadership. Candidates are not admitted to the priesthood without first undergoing psychological tests. Let us imagine that the twelve apostles were sent by Jesus to a firm of consultants for similar tests. The following report, marked ‘Private and Confidential’, was sent back to him.
Dear Sir, thank you for submitting the resumes of the twelve men you have picked for management positions in your new organisation. All of them have now taken our battery of tests. We have run the results through our computer, and also arranged personal interviews for each of them with our psychologists and vocational aptitude consultants. The results of all the tests are included, and we advise that you study each of them carefully. It is the opinion of the staff that most of your nominees are lacking in background, education and vocational aptitude for the type of enterprise you are undertaking. Besides, they do not have the team concept. We have found ample evidence of jealousy and rivalry among them. Therefore, we would recommend that you continue your search for persons of more experience and proven ability. Simon Peter is emotionally unstable and given to fits of temper definitely not the man you would want to head your organisation. Andrew has absolutely no qualities of leadership – he is just a follower and does what the others do. The two brothers, James and John, are too hot-headed and impulsive. Besides, they place personal interest above company loyalty. Thomas demonstrates a questioning attitude that would undermine morale. Matthew, the tax-collector, is undoubtedly a man of ability, but would project the wrong image for an organisation such as yours. James, son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus have radical political leanings. Hence, their unsuitability. There is one of the candidates, however, who shows great potential. He is a man of ability and resourcefulness, good with people, has a keen business mind, and has contacts in high places. He is highly motivated, ambitious and responsible. That man is Judas Iscariot. We recommend him as your controller and right-hand man. We wish you every success in your new venture. Sincerely yours, Jordan Management Consultants
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