Publication Details

This paper will be published as: Fernando, M & Gross, M, Workplace spirituality and organizational hypocrisy: The Holy Water-Gate Case, Australia New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM), Queensland, December, 2006 (accepted).


This paper is based on the sex scandal that enveloped the Archdiocese of Boston in 2002. In the face of increasing challenges to organizational deviance and silence, this paper showcases how the Catholic Church, entrusted with the upliftment of Christian spiritual values of its congregation and society, took the path of organizational hypocrisy. Drawing from the literature on organizational deviance and silence in profit driven organizations, we examine the practice of pseudo workplace spirituality. We argue that organizational hypocrisy is a major implication for profit driven organizations pursuing workplace spirituality for solely legitimacy reasons.