How to stop embezzlement in your parish
Parishes should adopt transparent and accountable financial processes.
Catholic parishes and dioceses in the United States face a financial scandal: Embezzlement occurs at an alarming frequency.
In 2007 my Villanova University colleague Robert West and I conducted a study of diocesan financial practices, including incidences of embezzlement. We surveyed diocesan chief financial officers and found that 85 percent of reporting dioceses had experienced embezzlement within the last few years, many more than once.