Saturday, November 29, 2014

Catholic are Just Like Everyone Else - Only Worse

I have been making a living in show business for 33 years.  I have dealt with a vast number of clients in all manner of businesses who have booked me to perform or produce a wide variety of shows.

In all those years, with all those clients, I have never had the sort of trouble I have when dealing in the Catholic market.  Clients for Theater of the Word often cannot be trusted.

With Upstage Productions, the chances of a client giving us some sort of trouble are probably about 5%.  With the Theater of the Word it's more like 33%.  Honestly, I'd estimate that fully a third of our clients in the Catholic market cannot be trusted, either to honor a written contract or to negotiate a contract in good faith.  I have been treated like crap by a number of people either at dioceses, parishes, schools, conferences or "apostolates".

They nickle and dime us, they book us and cancel at the last minute, they end up cheating us in one way or another.  It's ridiculous.


Kevin Tierney said...

More often than not it's probably not out of malice but incompetence.

There's a reason why some people are freaking out that Cardinal Pell is trying to make many Vatican Institutions operate with the same set of ethics and transparency as a publicly traded company.

The good ol boy network masquerading under the guise of "surely Catholics should do business together" is alive and well. And normally when they have to back out of that deal, it's because they don't have the financial considerations to do so, because the parish/organization is fiscally reckless.

Anonymous said...

This is sorry commentary on the state of simple honesty among our tribe.

It reminds me of something an experienced loan officer in a country bank told me when I was a green young lawyer in rural Missouri decades ago: "Never lend money to a preacher or a teacher, Cole. The teachers can't pay in the summer, and the preachers will find excuses not to pay any time."

Human nature doesn't change.

Jim Cole