This shame-on-the-Roman-Catholic-hierarchy.website web site of ours is devoted to exposing the mismanagement of the Roman Catholic Church in the areas of faith and morals. We are not particularly interested in the finances of the church, except to the extent that those resources may be used for immoral purposes.
See the excellent work of Michael W. Ryan at
For those, however, who may be more interested than we are here in the way the Catholic Church handles its finances, and specifically the money that its members regularly donate to its church with the expectation that those contributions will be used for good and holy purposes, there is another web site devoted to the mission of persuading the leaders of the church to stop allowing the financial donations of Roman Catholics to be stollen, as it so often is, before it even reaches the churches' bank accounts, let alone worthy causes down the line for which those donations were intended.
RENDER UNTO ROME:
The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church
By Jason Berry
"The book’s most remarkable allegation is that Church finances are rarely subject to external auditing, even when they are publicly reported. As a result, Berry writes, some Church accounts are allowed to remain “off the books,’’ leaving them susceptible to secretive plunder. One study he cites estimates a 10th of all Sunday Mass collections may be pilfered somewhere along the way. Parishioners have no reliable gauge for how much of their money stays in the parish, ends up in diocesan or Roman coffers, or indeed covers legal expenses for sexually abusive priests, he contends.
Clerical sex abuse has also highlighted troubling mismanagement. The book charges that as a Boston auxiliary bishop, Richard Lennon developed a mercenary plan to liquidate vibrant parishes to help fill the gaping budgetary hole opened by the scandal. Parishioners mounted sustained resistance, but to managers with no financial accountability to the faithful, such asset shifting was regarded as a right. After his appointment as head of the Cleveland diocese, Lennon launched a similar plan, Berry says, again stirring acrimony as churches were shuttered to cover operating costs in a notoriously corrupt diocese.
Berry makes a case that the absence of accountability is illustrated by Peter’s Pence, an annual collection that, according to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops website, “unites us in solidarity to the Holy See and its works of charity to those in need.’’ But as Berry purports to show, of the $82.5 million collected in 2009, only $8.65 million made it to Cor Unum, a Vatican-sponsored international charity. The fate of the remaining millions remains a mystery,"
Ex-CFO admits stealing $900,000
from Philadelphia Archdiocese
Anita Guzzardi, 43, stole the money from 2004 to 2011 and used most of it to pay personal credit card bills for cash advances as well as purchases at casinos in the United States, Caribbean and Mexico.
stole $773,091.72 over a five-year period from the North Fork Parish Outreach Center in Southold, a charity operated by four Catholic churches in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. The charity helped run soup kitchens and provide heat for the needy. The woman, Pauline Winterbottom, was hired despite having no expertise in business administration, and the church performed no audit during the five years that she stealing the money mostly to buy lottery tickets. [ http://reform-network.net/?p=2277 ]
archdiocesan accountant stole
over $650,000 from
hush money accounts
an outstanding and very informative NPR article about the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in Minnesota: Scott Domeier, who did accounting work for the Archdiocese for some 20 years, said the secrecy surrounding church hush-money accounts made stealing from them easier. He pleaded guilty to taking more than $650,000 from the archdiocese between 2005 and 2011 to pay for personal expenses.