"Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops, like bishops, and your religious act like religious." - Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, 1972
The Archdiocesan Annual Appeal only reached 42% of the goal set by Archbishop Apuron. Here's some advice for next time:
Achieving Financial Transparency for Dioceses
For all organizations in the nonprofit sector, financial transparency is synonymous with survival. Dependence on donors necessitates an ongoing demonstration of where money is spent and how funded activities and programs fulfill defined mission statements. While Catholic dioceses are not required by law to be transparent and accountable, there is a definite shift towards the production of financial reports that provide a complete picture of the financial health of the entire diocese from the bishop’s and archbishop’s office down to the parishioner donor level.
Internal Financial Controls in the U.S. Catholic Church
One of the by-products of the recent U.S. Catholic Church clergy sexual abuse scandal was a new focus on the Church's financial transparency and accountability. As the scandal unfolded, parishioners learned that in some dioceses, payments related to the scandal had been taking place for years. Some of the payments went to victims in the form of settlements or to pay for counseling; some went to pay for the "rehabilitation" of priests accused of pedophile; and some funds were paid out in lawyers fees. The vast majority of Catholics was unaware of these payments, and therefore surprised by the magnitude of the scandal.