Friday, March 18, 2011

"Professionalizing" Chaplaincy on Dharma Cowgirl

I believe ethics is hard.  It is one dimension that makes the work of the chaplain hard.  I don't believe ethical decision making can be 'solved' or made any easier by a few sheets of paper, no matter how wise the words they contain.  I don't believe belonging to a "profession" makes one any more ethical than otherwise.  However, I have recently read a number of articles (Morhmann, for one) calling for the "professionalization" or chaplaincy under more stringent entry standards, greater oversight, and through the creation and application of a standard code of "professional ethics."  Naturally, I am suspicious.

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