Financial Transparency and Preventing the Abuse of Power

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Almost every case of every kind of abuse in religious institutions involves financial mismanagement. Financial transparency, on the other hand, is the key to preventing abuses of power.

I’m so glad that many of you were able to join us for our webinar, Organizing the Church: Pyramid or Team? We’ll be posting the recording in a few days, as well as announcing our continuing webinar series.

In the meantime, I’d like to share with you a clip from a webinar we did last May on transparency. David Bender, an attorney specializing in risk management and litigation regarding officers and directors of for-profit and non-profit corporations, joined us to discuss financial transparency as a remedy for financial mismanagement.

As you know, almost every case of every kind of abuse in religious institutions involves some sort of financial mismanagement. This is precisely why we at the Global Institute of Church Management, together with the Program of Church Management in Rome, are dedicated to teaching and promoting the hard skills and best practices that make it harder for any type of abuse to take place.

In this short clip, David explains what financial mismanagement looks like, how it happens, what to do when it happens, and how to prevent it in the first place. While there are different legal systems around the globe, the principles are relevant for every institution, no matter its geographical location.

Transparency is the most effective way to prevent the abuse of power.

Pia de Solenni
Pia de Solenni

Pia de Solenni. SThD is a theologian, ethicist, and cultural analyst. She recently served as Chancellor of the Diocese of Orange, California, and Theological Advisor to the Bishop. Her work has appeared in various publications including The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor, and National Review Online. She is also a consultant member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.

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