Canon Law – Legal Bishops’ Use of The Faithful’s Money

Some years ago I was at a parish that had a “capital campaign” to raise money to build a new multi-million dollar education building. The faithful were shown the survey of the land to be purchased onand drawings of the new building. Once the money was raised, I was told that there was a directive from powers beyond the parish level that the parish must use the money to build a new church, not an education building. I raised the issue that the money had been collected for an education building. I said that my family and others had been defrauded. Promptly a representative of the parish finance council contacted me and said that, if I wanted, our donated money would be refunded. I found out that, under canon law, money collected for one purpose cannot then be used for another purpose. (As an aside, the new church building was built, and, some years later, God flooded it, completely). I was then asked by the pastor personally to leave the parish. Since it was not his, I stayed.

Canon law – the Church’s own law – says this:

“Canon 1267, §3: Offerings given by the faithful for a specified purpose may be used only for that purpose.”

“Canon 1300: The intentions of the faithful who give or leave goods to pious causes . . . are to be most carefully observed, even in the manner of the administration and the expending of the goods . . . . “

I am unaware of any “Capital Campaign To Raise Money To Pay Off Sexual Assault Victims Of Priests & Bishops” in any parish or diocese in America; of a “Pay For Priest & Prelate Predators Campaign,” or of a fundraiser “For The Pastoral Malpractice Of Bishops Who Enabled, Fostered , And Shuttled Abusers & Criminals.” In short, I am aware of no Catholic in the USA who donated money for the bishops to use to pay off claims against the Church and against them. It would be very surprising if, court-sealed, secret settlement documents do not include the provisions that all claims against the bishops personally are also settled, and ended, by the agreements.

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Editor’s note: Carefully check your parish’s annual financial accounting summary and pay special attention to any and all insurance costs listed therein, especially for health care, disability, workmen’s compensation and similar items. It’s very likely that you will find these costs to be anywhere from thirty to fifty percent higher than they should be, since many parishes are forced to pay a silent “tax” in order to refill the coffers of the dioceses’ “secret insurance fund” used to help pay off past settlements or to prepare for future settlements.   

Pope Francis: Show me the money!

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Pope Francis will not close the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), commonly known as the Vatican bank, and has reaffirmed “the importance of the IOR’s mission for the good of the Catholic Church, the Holy See and the Vatican City State,” according to a statement from the Holy See Press Office.

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Editors note: Has anyone ever noticed the strange names given to many of the Vatican dicasteries? You might expect that type of thing from the likes of Fidel Castro or Joseph Stalin – but from the Vatican?

Upset parishioner: “The only language the church understands is money.”

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NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Every year, without fail, Joe Ferri writes a $100 check to the Archdiocese of Newark for the Archbishop’s Annual Appeal, a fundraising drive that benefits a variety of religious causes.

This year, Ferri left the empty envelope on his pew at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Bloomfield. He’s done writing checks.

“If this is the only way I can be heard, so be it,” said Ferri, 70. “I’m disgusted. The archdiocese is not going to get another penny out of me.”

Two weeks after The Star-Ledger disclosed that Archbishop John J. Myers is building a 3,000-square-foot addition on the expansive home where he will spend his retirement, it appears the work will cost the archdiocese far more than the $500,000 allotted for construction.

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Editor’s note: You can fool some of the people some of the time and all of the people some of the time, but it’s pretty tough to fool all of the people all of the time – especially if you happen to be a (somewhat unpopular) Catholic archbishop.

Cardinal Pell “kicked upstairs” in Vatican Bank political/financial deal

pellLet’s get real. The Vatican is a jurisdiction of 12 square miles in central Rome. Its annual budget is about 120 million euros — a fraction of the budget of, say, Melbourne City Council or the Sydney County Council.

Even the archdioceses of Sydney and Melbourne would dwarf the Vatican for assets, turnover and salaried employees (there are only 2000 to 3000 at last count at the Vatican). It’s a small enterprise. It has a bank that acts as a credit union, most of whose depositors are the Roman headquarters of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of religious congregations of priests, brothers and nuns.

What is significant about Pell’s appointment is that he isn’t an Italian but one who studied there, like many Australian students for the priesthood, in the 1960s. He knows the place but is not of the place.

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On a number of economic issues, Pope Francis is said to be “to the left of Nancy Pelosi.”

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But as an economic mission statement, Evangelii Gaudium places the pope — as Vatican watcher Rev. Thomas Reese predicted in March — “to the left of Nancy Pelosi.” In his decidedly populist document, Pope Francis specifically criticizes the economic “trickle-down theories” that were the beating heart of Ronald Reagan’s anti-tax, anti-regulation revolution.

The part of the document that is grabbing most of the attention starts with Section 53, in the chapter on “the crisis of communal commitment.” With his caveat that “it is not the task of the Pope to offer a detailed and complete analysis of contemporary reality,” Francis begins his economic critique like this:

Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say “thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? [Evangelii Gaudium]

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Editor’s note: The Pope can be as liberal as he wants to, with his own money! The problem with liberals in the United States (and elsewhere) is they like to be liberal with other people’s money!

The grievous abuse begins when liberals (typically Democrats) gain control of public funding – especially Federal funding – because only the Federal Government has the power to print money – or to borrow – big time – from other countries, who also print their own money.

As for Republicans – they’re just slightly less abusive with other people’s money than are Democrats.

The Spirit of Corruption and Greed is no respecter of race, creed, or party affiliation!

Schweizer: the “bigger problem” in Washington “is not bribery but extortion,”

…the information he discovered about Obama’s Justice Department validates that.

“They can literally identify laws and pressure points and intimidate very, very powerful corporations and individuals into basically paying protection money or getting them to lay off their political activities for fear they can have the book thrown at them or bad things will happen to their company,” Schweizer said.

Schweizer has also detailed how there was statistical proof that the chances of being prosecuted get lessened if companies and individuals under investigation make donations. He has also detailed in the book how the Obama administration’s Justice Department targeted industries and individuals that supported the Tea Party movement after the historic 2010  midterm elections.

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Pope Francis: “You can not serve God and money.”

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Vatican City ( AsiaNews) – ” You can not serve God and money “, ” greed , in fact, is the root of all evil “, “it corrupts” and “its power is so great, it can make you deviate from [the path of ] faith”, it even “robs you of faith, it weakens it and you lose it”. And when one does something for money that countermands the first commandment, he or she “is guilty of idolatry.”

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Editor’s note: I applaud Pope Francis for his clarity on this matter. Just one question … why do we have many of our bishops running dioceses with assets running into the hundreds of millions of dollars? Wouldn’t the Church be better off with more bishops – in much smaller dioceses – in charge of fewer hard assets?

What about those “more Catholic than the Church Neener-Neener-Neener” people?

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Posted by Anonymous August 30, 2013
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And what of the harm that Voris and this site exemplify, the harm that jerk-evangelists (force-feeding the false gospel of “more Catholic than the Church Neener-Neener-Neener”) can do to God’s Church?! And then Voris and this blogger have the huevos to insult laymen who have devoted their professional and personal lives to strengthening people in the Faith! I’ll take one Kresta or Akin or Shea to ten Vorises any day. I refuse to watch Church Militant (formerly “Real Catholic”) TV, or follow a rising number of these sorts of blogs, simply on principle.

Furthermore, there is a profound difference between being a “mercenary” or climber and a Catholic professional. Our Lord said that we have a right to our pay, and the Church certainly supports laymen making an honest living. Finally this post does nothing to address Catholic priest (not “NeoCatholic” — that old hateful fiction) Fr. Longenecker’s larger point that we have _no idea_ if these men are in fact plowing most of their salaries right back into their ministries!

Kristen J — profoundlycatholic.wordpress.com
(and former full-time paid Catholic reporter at Phoenix’ The Catholic Sun)

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Editor’s note: What a lovely bunch of coconuts – Catholics all! Who says God has no sense of humor? Seriously though – how much was the (Luke 5) massive harvest of fishes worth – in 1st century AD dollars – or drachmas? Knowing how God typically works – it probably constituted about three years worth of ordinary fishing income. That may also be the reason Jesus later needed to pluck a gold coin from the mouth of a fish, in order to pay the taxes due on all of that! (See Matthew 17)

Luke 5:1-11 And it came to pass, that when the multitudes pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Genesareth, (2) And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them and were washing their nets. (3) And going into one of the ships that was Simon’s, he desired him to draw back a little from the land. And sitting, he taught the multitudes out of the ship. (4) Now when he had ceased to speak, he said to Simon: Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a draught. (5) And Simon answering said to him: Master, we have laboured all the night and have taken nothing: but at thy word I will let down the net. (6) And when they had done this, they enclosed a very great multitude of fishes: and their net broke. (7) And they beckoned to their partners that were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came and filled both the ships, so that they were almost sinking. (8) Which when Simon Peter saw, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying: Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord. (9) For he was wholly astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken. (10) And so were also James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were Simon’s partners. And Jesus saith to Simon: Fear not: from henceforth thou shalt catch men. (11) And having brought their ships to land, leaving all things, they followed him.

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From the Gospel account one could easily infer that Peter and the other apostles were able to promptly leave everything behind and follow Jesus because they now had the means at their disposal – thanks to Christ and the supernatural draught of fishes – to provide for their family’s needs, during their absence. God takes care if his people today as well, so let’s not be overly critical, when it comes to cash.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with money and there’s nothing inherently wrong with earning a good salary. It’s the inordinate love of money that gets people into trouble – often leading them to make dangerous compromises. There’s the problem!

1 Timothy 6:7-12 For we brought nothing into this world: and certainly we can carry nothing out. (8) But having food and wherewith to be covered, with these we are content. (9) For they that will become rich fall into temptation and into the snare of the devil and into many unprofitable and hurtful desires, which drown men into destruction and perdition. (10) For the desire of money is the root of all evils; which some coveting have erred from the faith and have entangled themselves in many sorrows. (11) But thou, O man of God, fly these things: and pursue justice, godliness, faith, charity, patience, mildness. (12) Fight the good fight of faith. Lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art called and be it confessed a good confession before many witnesses.

Amen!

Whenever a created thing becomes no longer a means to love God but an end it itself, then you have a “love” that is idolatry.

Do you “love” the idea of finding the perfect mate? To have a better love life within marriage? To have a child? To get a job? To win an athletic championship? To get a college degree? To flourish in business? The desire for all these things can be good indeed. The avid pursuit of each of these things can actually be a duty, depending on one’s state it life.

The question, though, is whether these desires and achievements are stepping stones on the road to God or are disastrous detours. Ultimately, a gut check is needed. Are we most intent on things below or on things above? (Col 3) We should be passionate about many things below – but is our zeal for health, love, kids, education, job, financial security truly a function of our zeal for loving God and doing his will?

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Want to understand what Obama and company are attempting to do to the United States? Follow the money!

Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion–when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing–when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors–when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you–when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice–you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that is does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.

“Whenever destroyers appear among men, they start by destroying money, for money is men’s protection and the base of a moral existence. Destroyers seize gold and leave to its owners a counterfeit pile of paper. This kills all objective standards and delivers men into the arbitrary power of an arbitrary setter of values. Gold was an objective value, an equivalent of wealth produced. Paper is a mortgage on wealth that does not exist, backed by a gun aimed at those who are expected to produce it. Paper is a check drawn by legal looters upon an account which is not theirs: upon the virtue of the victims. Watch for the day when it bounces, marked, ‘Account overdrawn.’

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Bitter memories of a long-past abortion

My own story – more accurately a story involving two people, but told from my own perspective – begins in an evening in early September 1967, when my girlfriend of a few months meets me off a train at Glasgow Central. She has something she needs to tell me. We cross the street to a pub, the Corn Exchange, where over half-pints of beer I learn that she’s pregnant. How do I react to the news? Am I comforting, cold, or just scared and confused? I have no idea, but a few days later I or we decide that we should be married. We write letters to our parents – hers live in Northern Ireland and mine in Fife. My letter is written in the Mitchell library – all these years later I can still see the desk and the notepaper – but what it says I have again no idea (though I imagine its tone to be chipper, which was my 22-year-old style).

Somehow this plan changes, perhaps because my girlfriend senses that I’m not too keen. Perhaps she isn’t either. A friend of hers who’s had an abortion comes round to the flat with her husband and tells us about the possibilities. Aside from the towels and hot water, we’ll need to have a “good [coal] fire going” so as to dispose of the remains.

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How Catholics might want to choose to handle debt

As Catholics, we know that marketing techniques often play to our emotions, rather than our sense of virtue.

Waiting for things builds the habit of patience, and enhances our gratitude for what we already have.

Indulgence over and over leads to softness and selfishness, instead we’re called to a spirit of self-denial.

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Latest (improbable) Corapi installment: Follow the money!

A report from January 28, 2011 states that the Diocese of Corpus Christi, others settle in suit alleging molestation. These others are the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT), the order of which Fr. Corapi was a member.

A reader at Facebook suggested the following:

SOLT in conjunction with the Diocese of Corpus Christi has just shelled out 1.96 million dollars to a young man who a priest in SOLT raped and then contracted a murder on. Bishop Mulvey then conveniently receives a letter of accusation of everything from sex to drugs – from a pair of down on their luck losers, who for two years were quietly content to live off the departure money they accepted -who are now in financial straits, whose very house is about to be foreclosed while the head of SOLT then orders Father Corapi to “come home” and give his fortune and be a good little priest.

It’s inexplicable. It’s improbable. It’s unbelievable.

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You can take the bishop out of Chicago … but (evidently) you can’t take the Chicago out of the bishop!

Archbishop Listecki of Milwaukee has now been claimed as an ally by the leftists, in the Madison, Wisconsin Union Stand-Off.

It’s no wonder, since anyone who spent as much time in Chicago as he, and anyone who has been part of the perennially corrupt Chicago socio-political system as long as he was, must now be permanently suffering from something closely akin to the “Stockholm Syndrome” … where hostages begin to sympathetically identify with, and finally, adopt the ideology of their captors.

Chicago has always been a Democrat town and a union town. That’s the way things are. Just ask Governor Quinn, who gave the unions a sweet, guaranteed contract extension, in exchange for their unqualified support, just days before the last election. And it worked!

The leaders of the Catholic Church in Chicago have long been conditioned to jump when the party bosses say, to remain quiet when ordered, and to “come out” in support of party objectives, whenever necessary.

Authentic Catholic social teachings be damned. The needs and objectives of the party come first!

That can’t be, you say? Well, the last time anyone in the Chicago Archdiocese (in this case, Francis Cardinal George) tried to buck the system, Bill Daley (president Obama’s current chief of staff) promptly ran a public op-ed piece in the Chicago Tribune, ordering the good Cardinal to sit down and shut up. The cardinal dutifully obeyed!

Read all about it here.

This is the abusive environment from which Milwaukee Archbishop Listecki comes. The Chicago Democratic political system still owns him. All his prior conditioning is still in effect. Can anyone really blame him for automatically “coming out” on behalf of his political bosses … in spite of the fact that they remain enemies of the church … leftists, progressives, Socialists, Marxists, pro-aborts, pro-homosexuals (and worse)?

The teachers have been similarly oppressed by their own union. Union membership is required of every teacher in Wisconsin. No union membership … no teaching job! Union dues are automatically deducted from every teacher’s paycheck. Teachers have little or nothing to say about how those dues are spent. Due to the political climate in the state, certification for alternative union organizations is virtually impossible to arrange.

In short, the Wisconsin teacher’s union already rules over Wisconsin’s teachers, with an iron fist … just like Organizer In Chief, President Barack Obama would like to be able to rule over the citizens of the United States.

For Catholics, this is really the Catholic Campaign for Human Development scandal all over again. Only this time, it’s dressed up just a little bit differently.

Keep a close eye on your wallet. By now, it should be painfully obvious that some of our bishops are not unwilling to help the unions and the politicians pick our pockets. (And for what, really? It’s not like the Catholic Church gets anything in return from these guys … except maybe, the “privilege” of doling out the proceeds from a few paltry government grants, through Catholic Charities!)

Money is like fertilizer. Corruption is like weeds. The sooner we shut off the unlimited money supply to the government, the unions, the politicians, and the bishops … the sooner the corruption will be weeded out.

1Timothy 6:9-11  For they that will become rich fall into temptation and into the snare of the devil and into many unprofitable and hurtful desires, which drown men into destruction and perdition. For the desire of money is the root of all evils; which some coveting have erred from the faith and have entangled themselves in many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, fly from these things: and pursue justice, godliness, faith, charity, patience, mildness.

Coping With A Personal Financial Crisis

1. Nothing you do seems to make a difference. In fact, just the opposite occurs.

2. People you trust and have made endless sacrifices for, reveal to you how little you really mean to them. Instead, they take advantage of your situation, knowing you are at the end of your rope.

3. 200% efforts to make changes in any direction are met by a thousand and one obstacles, all of them seemingly working in concert to make matters worse.

4. Opportunities appear and then vanish very quickly, before you can realize  them.

5. Friends and friendships become visible for what they really are, or have been, all along.

6. Everything and every goal you’ve striven for is erased from your life, one after another, with perfect regularity.

7. You find yourself alone, watching others move forward as your life comes to a halt on every level: financial, work, home, everything.

8. Wishing does no good.

9. Acting does no good.

10. You can point to a day on the calendar–very near at hand–when you will be destitute, ruined, and will have nothing, except that which you truly own free and clear and without any encumbrances. Even those things are in danger of loss, if they have no place to reside.

If you are over the age of 40, multiply all of the above by a factor of 10.

And there you are. Frustrated. Angry (some are, others not.) Without any visible hope or way out. Checkmate. You’re done.

Your days become zombie-like. You walk about numb, feeling nothing. Having nothing. Seeing nothing but doom, as it relentlessly creeps forward to consume all that you have, are, or ever will be.

This crisis is indeed an opportunity. A spiritual opportunity.

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Knights of Columbus leader named to Vatican bank supervisory panel

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The head of the Knights of Columbus has been named by Pope Benedict XVI to a five-member council that supervises the activities of the Vatican bank.

Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson, who heads the 1.7 million-member fraternal organization, was among three new council members announced by the Vatican Sept. 23.

“I am honored to have been selected to be a member of the board of superintendents of the Vatican’s Institute for Works of Religion (IOR),” Anderson said. “I hope that my experience in working with the Vatican on a variety of issues over the past decade, and my work in the business and financial sector — as Supreme Knight and Chief Executive Officer of the Knights of Columbus — will enable me to contribute to the success of the IOR’s many important initiatives.”

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The poverty of personal, social, and ethical misery

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Avila, Spain, Jun 15, 2009 / 09:03 pm (CNA).- Bishop Jesus Garcia Burillo of Avila, Spain said recently that the current economic crisis has revealed another face of poverty–the poverty of values. In response to this values crisis, he called on the faithful to embrace solidarity.
 
“This crisis gives evidence to a profound anthropological rupture and a crisis of moral values.  The dignity of the human being is the value that is in crisis when the person is the center of social, economic and business life; when money becomes an end in itself and not a means of service to the person and to social development,” the bishop said in a recent letter.

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