Archdiocese of St. Louis: Financial Misconduct Hotline

As outlined in the Archdiocesan Strategic Pastoral Plan, the Archdiocese of Saint Louis is committed to responsible stewardship of the gifts God has given to us. A very important element of stewardship is accountability regarding our use of resources. Clearly, the administrators of the Church’s temporal goods should always strive to meet the same high ethical standards which we teach to all the faithful. The practices, policies, and structures by which the Church in the Archdiocese is governed are set up to reinforce and foster the goal of being ethical and accountable in all of our dealings.

We strive to be accountable in the administration of the Church’s temporal goods by involving people with diverse backgrounds in the consultative bodies at the parish and Archdiocesan levels. First, the Archdiocese utilizes and seeks counsel from the Audit Committee and the Archdiocesan Finance Council. Secondly, Archdiocesan policy requests that every parish have an active pastoral council, and universal Church Law requires that every parish have a finance council. Thirdly, we have an active internal audit program to monitor our compliance with good accounting practices and with the Archdiocese's Financial Management and Control Manual for Parishes.

Although we have many controls in place to inform us of financial misconduct which may have already occurred, we are advised that the time has come to implement a process which will notify us in a timely manner of all suspected incidents of financial misconduct. Recent recommendations of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops tell us that the use of a third-party anonymous fraud hotline is the best mechanism that the Archdiocese can employ to achieve an increased level of financial accountability at all levels of the Archdiocese.

This hotline will allow employees, parishioners, volunteers, vendors, and other interested parties to report anonymously any concerns regarding suspected financial misconduct. The Archdiocese of Chicago has successfully implemented a similar program about a year ago and other dioceses are in the process of considering similar programs. The Archdiocese of St. Louis has contracted with “The Network” to provide a 1-800 number intake system for individuals to report detailed information on suspected misappropriation of Archdiocesan assets.

The hotline is not intended to be used for reporting sexual abuse allegations, issues regarding human resources or employment, or “dislikes” of individual operations at parishes or agencies. The sole purpose of the hotline is to report confidentially any conduct that may be unethical, illegal, or otherwise inconsistent with the policies of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis.

Reports may be filed on this hotline either by using the website link that will be on the Archdiocesan webpage or by calling the dedicated phone number of one of The Network’s trained specialists.

 

 

If You See or Suspect Financial Misconduct

The Archdiocese of St. Louis appreciates your commitment
to good stewardship and the ethical management of church resources. Please call:

Financial Misconduct Hotline
866-458-3960

Online Reporting:
Click here to report
via the Internet.

Upon receipt of the report, The Network will forward the information to The Archdiocese for investigation and follow up. Reports submitted to The Network will be handled promptly and discretely. You have the right to remain anonymous, and confidentiality will be maintained insofar as possible. Individuals who file a report will not be penalized, dismissed, demoted or suspended and no retaliatory action will be taken against you for reporting or inquiring in good faith.
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