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CINCINNATI (AP) - Catholic church leaders in Cincinnati are defending the purchase of a a nearly $470,000 four-bedroom suburban home for the new archbishop.
The archdiocese for some 500,000 Roman Catholics in 19 southwest Ohio counties has been cutting costs and employees in a slumping U.S. economy. However, it wanted a home for the Most Reverend Dennis Schnurr, who takes over later this year for Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk.
TO: All Bishops
FROM: Most Reverend Dennis M. Schnurr, Treasurer
DATE: March 23, 2007
RE: Parish Financial Governance
As we are all painfully aware, the Church is not immune to financial malfeasance,
a fact that has become increasingly clear in recent months as financial scandals have been
reported from all over the country. In fact, some in the media and elsewhere have coined
Church finances as the next big scandal for the Catholic Church. A number of articles
have appeared as of late on this topic in various newspapers such as the Wall Street
Journal, New York Times, USA Today and Time Magazine. In today’s environment of the
Enrons, Worldcoms, et al, the Church must remain vigilant. It must continuously seek
measures and procedures that can better ensure that the monies and resources are being
expended in accordance with the intention of donors and benefactors. A sampling of
recent media stories follow: