The Archdiocese of Boston is set to release its financial statements today, fulfilling a promise of financial transparency that it made at the same time it opposed a law that would required such reports. The legislature had considered requiring all churches file financial statements with the attorney general’s office—in an obvious swipe at the Catholic Church—but all the Protestant and Orthodox churches and Jewish temples and Muslim mosques and whatnot rightly complained that they were getting swept up in a Catholic backlash.
In addition to the financial statements, however, the archdiocese is also going to announce some big changes to the chancery offices. We’re going to see a lot of offices closed and merged and people losing their jobs. While there are a lot of Voice of the Faithful-types who work for the archdiocese, there are a lot of good solid people too. It will really tick me off if the VOTFers keep their jobs while the good ones end up with pink slips.
But in general, I’m all for getting rid of bureaucracy. Frankly, I don’t think the Church needs that much bureaucracy; it just creates opportunities for meddling.