Page 2, 10th November 1978

10th November 1978
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Page 2, 10th November 1978 — 'Secrecy' about Church funds attacked

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Locations: Hexham, Newcastle


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'Secrecy' about Church funds attacked

THE Catholic Renewal Movement has called on people to increase the pressure on their local church to reveal details of how money is used.

It wants them to hold back from signing covenant forms for planned giving until their dioceses agree to give properly audited statements of account.

At present only the dioceses of Westminster and Arundel and Brighton do release such figures, although Hexham and Newcastle have said that they intend to publish the figures by the end of the year.

The call came from Mr Martin Pendergast, chairman of the CRM, during his recent annual report to the movement. He was discussing the report "Treasures on Earth", which CRM produced last November and which was harshly critical of the "almost oppressive secrecy" which it said dominated the financial system of the Catholic Church.

It said then that efforts to increase the amount of covenanted money had resulted in "a very large amount of public money being handed over to Church administrators on whom there would appear to be no legal obligation of accountability."

Mr Pendergast also attacked the way the National Pastoral Congress had been constituted, saying that it left "a lot to be desired".

He added: "I hope that the confusion and woolly thinking which have characterised its beginning will not be the downfall of an event which has potential and promise for the future not only of this Church but our nation too."

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