Friday, May 16, 2008

Audits for Every Parish in the Archdiocese

As reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Archbishop Dolan will be requiring that all 211 parishes in the Archdiocese undergo audits to protect the more than $198 million that are donated without restriction to these parishes every year. I must applaud Dolan for his proactive stance on the financial accountability issue. Since he has come to Milwaukee, I thought he has done a good job of reporting the financial status of the Archdiocese. I am also aware of the fact that the Journal Sentinel is correct in reporting that he has been thinking about doing this for quite a while.

So while I believe that this decision was not precipitated by the possible mishandling of money at St. John Vianney, the timing seems a little too convenient. But then again, if he was going to unveil this plan originally a month from now, why not just do it now instead. Bravo Dolan!

A Faithful Catholic


Dad29 said...

S'pose that the audits will go back far enough to show how much money the Archdiocese gave to Fr. Groppi while Cousins swore up and down that it was NOT so doing?


Anonymous said...

It would be nice if the arch helped the parishes pay for those audits -- which could run $10k

Faithful Catholic said...

Anon, I think you are right. So many parishes are struggling financially right now. According to the Wisconsin AP at
Dolan is waiting from advice from a special committee to decide how extensive and how frequent" the audits should be. I'm not saying they should be for every parish every year, but every parish needs to get audited from time to time to keep the fear in those who would steal money.

I think this is huge step for the Catholic Church in America just based on the fact that articles appeared on Dolan's move in the Twin Cities and Chicago newspapers.