Throughout the world, Catholic Dioceses face tremendous challenges in achieving financial transparency. A combination of factors, including cultural, legal, and political, directly impact how each diocese is able to practice financial transparency. This webinar looked at some of the main challenges and recommended principles for best practices.
Our guests were:
H.E. Most Rev. Anthony Muheria
Archbishop of Nyeri, Kenya
Rev. Prof. Cristian Mendoza
Faculty, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross & Program of Church Management
Consultant, Leadership Roundtable
The moderator of the webinar was:
Pia de Solenni, SThD
President & Executive Director, Global Institute of Church Management
On January 14, 2021 at 4pm CET (7am PT, 10am ET) we hosted a webinar on Creating a Transparent Culture in the Catholic Church. The webinar was part of the series of webinars Building a Transparent & Accountable Church.
The Catholic Church has repeatedly and rightfully been accused of a lack of transparency. As the world’s oldest non-profit organization, indeed, the world’s oldest institution, she faces many challenges to adapt to current professional standards of financial transparency. This webinar defined what a transparent culture in the Church is, discussed the challenges, and considered specific environments in the Church.
Our guest was Cardinal George Pell, Prefect Emeritus, Secretariat for the Economy; Former Member, Council of Cardinal Advisers; Archbishop Emeritus, Sydney, Australia (Photo credit: Alexey Gotovskiy, CNA).
Fr. Robert Gahl (Vice Chair, Program of Church Management) and Pia de Solenni (President & Executive Director, Global Institute of Church Management) moderated the webinar.
Martedì 16 febbraio 2021 comincerà la V edizione del corso Ars Celebrandi, indirizzato a facilitare una più fruttuosa partecipazione nella celebrazione eucaristica sia da parte del sacerdote che dei fedeli.
Le lezioni saranno tenute da diversi esperti, tra cui S.Em.Rev. Card. Robert Sarah (Prefetto della Congregazione per il Culto Divino e la Disciplina dei Sacramenti), S.E.R. Mons. Claudio Maniago (Presidente della Commissione Episcopale per la Liturgia della CEI) e Mons. Guido Marini (Maestro delle celebrazioni liturgiche pontificie).
Fr. Joel Pacquiao Agad and Chrisma Bangaoil, who participated in the second edition of the Program of Church Management (PCM) in Rome, developed and implemented with PCM’s support the Love the Poor Program, that feeds the poor both materially and spiritually. In fact, in many rural areas of the Diocese of Dipolog in the Philippines poor people work every day of the week to feed their families, including Sundays. This extreme material indigence is linked to spiritual poverty, as people are unable to access any form of spiritual nurturance or assistance.
Fr. Joel and Chrisma decided that “If the people can’t go to Church, we bring the Church to the people” and developed Love the Poor, which won first prize in the 2020 Capstone Projects Award. Capstone Projects are developed with the support of members of the faculty of the Program of Church Management, and are intended to help each participant address a particular problem related to his/her community of origin. Fr. Joel and Chrisma’s Love the Poor Program reaches out to every corner of the parish by bringing the Eucharist and the sacraments, by teaching children to make the sign of the cross and pray, and by feeding the poor. As Covid-19 protocols forbid public gatherings, Fr. Joel and Chrisma, along with all the volunteers, decided to organize street catechesis, because “the Church cannot be asleep during a pandemic: She needs to be all the more embracing, nurturing and available.”
Lately, the Philippines have not only been struck by the Covid-19 threat, but also by a deadly typhoon. Love the Poor is doing its best to help rebuild what was destroyed and bring hope to those who suffer, knowing that “In our mission the Father has been our provider, the Holy Spirit our strategist, and Jesus our model, the blessed Virgin Mary, the saints and the angels our companions” – says Fr. Joel.
This video gathers the testimony of many who benefitted from the project. The Program of Church Management is grateful to have had the occasion to help implementing this project, and hopes to inspire and support many similar projects within the Church in the future.