I see at least a half dozen of these stories every year: a bookkeeper at a Catholic parish in the Diocese of Belleville, Illinois, embezzled more than $100,000. Whether it’s a bookkeeper, a housekeeper, a priest, or whomever, it seems it’s way too easy to steal from the Catholic Church. Dioceses need to implement better accounting and controls over the money that parishes receive. With the little that they do get, it hurts so much more when it disappears like this. It also erodes people’s confidence that their donations actually mean something.
Part of the problem is that too many pastors are hopeless administrators. They can’t keep track of their own affairs, never mind that of a small corporation, which is essentially what a parish is, and they don’t receive any training in business affairs. (At least I don’t think they do; have any seminaries started business training?)[Hat tip to KMac]