Money problems

Money problems

The local dissident group supporting the closed parish sit-ins, the Council of Parishes, is making hay over an old Boston archdiocesan financial report.

An audit of the archdiocese’s central funds obtained by the lay group reveals the pension fund debt for clergy and church employees stands at $159 million - nearly double the figure released by Archbishop Sean P. O’Malley last November.

The archdiocese says the report the group obtained is a draft, not the final version with final figures. The CoP says that since there’s no stamp on it that says it’s a draft it must be the final.

Maybe they didn’t stamp it because they didn’t expect it get into anyone else’s hands. (And just how did it get to them? I suspect that one of the many VOTF-types who work in the chancery is probaly responsible.)

And even if it is accurate, what is that information supposed to mean for parish closings? If anything it means that closing parishes will be more imperative, not less, not exactly a triumph for CoP.

They also claim that a half-dozen more parishes are going to start sit-ins during the next round of closings set for April. I’ll believe it when I see it.

Funny how CoP now gets the same press that VOTF used to get and VOTF has almost disappeared from the newspapers. New scandal, new dissident lay group. Huh. Makes you wonder.