March 13, 2005

Regular parish audits planned

Nashua Telegraph

Published: Sunday, Mar. 13, 2005

BOSTON (AP) - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston plans to start auditing its parishes once every three years and provide annual budgets and financial reports to parishioners in an effort to restore public confidence and prevent fraud.

The changes are part of a broader plan by Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley to create more financial transparency by the archdiocese, which is under increased scrutiny since the clergy sexual abuse crisis and parish closings, chancellor David Smith told The Boston Globe.

“It costs a tremendous amount of money to run a parish . . . and we certainly think it’s necessary and beneficial to share that information with the people in the pews, because people - if they understand what is going on in the parish, and the money that is being spent on their children and on the sick and on the poor within these parishes - will be much more comfortable in making their donations,” he said.

“And they have every right to know how we’re using the money,” Smith added.

Posted by kshaw at March 13, 2005 06:49 PM