BOSTON, Mass. — The 2022 Voice of the Trustworthy diocesan monetary transparency report is the group’s sixth such annual assessment, and the report reveals some bishops are clearly dedicated to monetary transparency. Others, not a lot.
This yr, the general common U.S. diocesan transparency rating elevated from 69% in 2021 to 70% in 2022. The variety of dioceses posting present audited monetary reviews elevated from 113 final yr to 115 this yr. The quantity posting a present record of Diocesan Finance Council members elevated considerably from 84 to 95. All 5 top-scoring dioceses this yr obtained a rating of 100%.
These dioceses are Charleston, South Carolina; Lexington, Kentucky; Orlando, Florida; Rochester, New York; and Scranton, Pennsylvania. All of them are small to mid-sized dioceses, demonstrating that dimension and monetary assets will not be key to reaching monetary transparency.
The following three highest scoring dioceses are Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 99%; Belleville, Illinois, 98%; and Stockton, California, 97%.
The dioceses with essentially the most improved scores from 2021 to 2022 are Allentown, Pennsylvania, 20% to 79%; Nashville, Tennessee, 20% to 77%; Covington, Kentucky, 50% to 96%; and Denver, Colorado, 51% to 68%.
The bottom scoring diocese are Springfield, Massachusetts, 25%; Colorado Springs, Colorado, 22%; El Paso, Texas, 22%; Tulsa, Oklahoma, 20%; and St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, 7%.
VOTF’s sixth annual assessment of all 177 dioceses comprising the US Convention of Catholic Bishops was performed in the course of the summer time of 2022 by three unbiased reviewers and their report, “Measuring and Rating Diocesan On-line Monetary Transparency: 2022 Report,” and all earlier VOTF reviews on diocesan on-line monetary transparency might be learn by clicking here. Hyperlinks to VOTF’s earlier 5 diocesan on-line transparency reviews might be learn by clicking here.
VOTF 2022 reviewers once more emphasised that, “Each Catholic shares within the duty to make sure that funds donated for Church work really go towards these functions. With out entry to monetary reviews and data on Diocesan Finance Councils, budgets, and the general monetary well being of a diocese, bizarre Catholics can’t train their full duty of stewardship or confirm the place their donations to the diocese go.”
And once more, most emphatically, if the Church had been clear about funds made to silence victims of clergy sexual abuse, the “horror of clergy sexual abuse,” though not prevented, “would have been reported, not lined up, and abusers would have been known as to account for his or her crimes. Victims of serial abusers would have been protected.”
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