Before I post this I want to comment that I will be speaking about a religious organization, so I hope not to offend anybody. Furthermore I hope nobody takes my post personally, so if you are sensitive to the topics of homosexuality and the Catholic Church LOG OUT NOW!
Now that I’ve said that, I would like to comment on a film I recently saw,Bad Education directed by Pedro Almodovar. This film follows the lives of two young men, who attended an all boys’ Catholic school and the very different paths their lives take. Enrique and Ignacio where best friends during grade school, yet their feelings were more then what the surface predicted. Both young men were the victims of sexual abuse at a very young age, and through those experiences they discovered their homosexuality. The boys experimented sexually, much to the school’s head master’s dismay, a priest who was sickly infatuated with Ignacio. After discovering the boys’ sexual relationship, he expels Enrique. The boys do not see each other again until their late twenties. Enrique has become a successful director, while Ignacio, who continued to be abuse for the remainder of his education, became a heroine-addicted travesty.
The film showcases one of the world’s largest organizations, the Catholic Church. Catholic schools, such as the one in the film, exist in many countries and have been established from hundreds of years. However, they all function similarly, very strict rules, a hierarchy of authorization, and a very strong religious education. But the issues of child abuse and homosexuality present in the film are also well established in real life across the globe. There is something about that environment that perhaps promotes and allows for such type of behavior. Now, I’m not saying that all Catholic priests are homosexual, or that they abuse children. But the problem does exist and every year it becomes increasingly more of an issue. If one thing we have learned from organizational culture, is that despite the differences within each organization, they tend to all share similarities defy geographic and time boundaries. If not such scandals would only exist with in one Church or Organization, but as we know from recent events, a crisis emerged last year of many accounts, some leading back 50-60 years of sexual abuse of young boys in the Catholic Church.
Bianca Burgess points out in her example of the movie Alexander “Because of the teaching of Aristotle most of the Greeks considered the people of the East to be barbarians and fools simply because they could not read and write. However, earlier on in the movie after defeating the Persian army and coming to take his new throne in Bablyon Alexander and all of his men realize they were mistaken. They come to see that the Persians had architecture far superior to theirs and lived their life very similarly to the Greeks with large city states.” Another example or organizational culture, is the Ivy League school, such as decribes by Imbar Lawrence in his example of the movie How High. Imabar discusses the problems that arrise when two young, and greaty inibriated back men join the elite society of the ivy leage university. He states “I think it was a comedy, blowing up different ethnic, demographic, and cultural stereotypes that exist in both worlds as they collided. It provided a comical relief to dilemmas encountered when “Cross cultural” and “Interethnic” communication occurs within an organization.”
In conclusion, all cultural organizations create cretain characteristics about their enviroments because of the way they function. Some are good and other can be bad, but ther beauty of this assignment, is to realize that humans aren’t so different from each other. When put in similar enviroments the end product or results are similar, because communication is part of our human instinct. And out of our communication abilities organizational cultures arise.