December 12, 2012
Report of Hearing, November 15, 2012
Council of the Baptized, Research/Drafting Committee
Recommendation to the Archdiocese to join the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management
For 4 years now, concerned Catholics have been meeting together, listening to each other and trying to put their fingers on the main issues causing lay alienation from the Archdiocese, people leaving the Catholic Church, and financial contributions going down. Sponsored by the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform (CCCR), the Resource Team on Archdiocesan Financial Transparency and Accountability brought its concern to the Council of the Baptized in April, 2012.The Council accepted the proposal to recommend to the Archdiocese that it join the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management.
The Roundtable advocates standards of excellence for dioceses, parishes, and Catholic non-profits.It provides resources and assessment tools for its members to develop best practices in financial transparency as well as openness in other management areas.Several dioceses in the U.S. and several parishes in the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese belong to the NLRCM as does CCCR. For further information, please go to www.nlrcm.org.
To assess the concerns of the faithful about supporting their parishes and the Archdiocese financially, the Council’s Research/Drafting Committee held a hearing November 15, 2012, 7-9 p.m., 2280 Cliff Road in Eagan, MN.Approximately 100 people from 23 parishes attended this session.
Coming as it did right after the hotly contested election which saw controversial Archdiocesan efforts for the Marriage Amendment, there were of course many sad or angry comments about the use of Archdiocesan funds in that political campaign and about personal agonies in response to certain actions and words of Church leaders about gay people. Those concerns will be addressed to the Archbishop in other communications.
There were, however, significant concerns expressed about Archdiocesan finances, as voiced in their answers to a 14-question survey, open-ended written questions, and an “open mike” session in which 15 people stood and voiced their thoughts and feelings. Here are the main issues surfaced: