Commitment to Financial Transparency

In my recent Catholic New York column, I wrote about the financial operations of the services provided by the Archdiocese of New York. I would like to share it with you.

Here is an excerpt:

One of the things we bishops hear most often from faithful Catholics is a request for transparency, a desire to know how the Church is meeting its various obligations, and how it responds to problems that might arise. It really took hold, I think, during the sex abuse crisis a decade ago. People asked—naturally, properly—that we tell them how we were going to deal with priests who had been accused of abuse, what procedures we were going to follow in the future, and how we were going to make certain that we were living up to our promises. The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, developed by the bishops in Dallas in 2002 and subsequently approved by the Holy See so that it became part of Church law for this country, spelled out the standards that we bishops were setting for ourselves in responding to allegations of sexual abuse. The annual audits—which are conducted by an independent agency and examine how each diocese has handled any claims or cases of the sexual abuse of minors over the past year—make certain that we are, in fact, doing what we said we would do. Yes, we’re constantly trying to do even better, but all agree we’ve come a long way.

Click here to read my whole column.

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