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A letter from Archbishop William E. Lori

We have no more sacred calling than the care and cultivation of the spiritual well-being of the faithful of our Archdiocese. At the same time, we have a solemn responsibility to also be good and faithful stewards of the resources that have been entrusted to our management and oversight. It is why we have established rigorous policies and protocols that guide our roles and activities, and it is why we require strict adherence to the Code of Conduct for Church Personnel. Archbishop William E. Lori

Recognizing that some in positions of authority have in the past violated their sacred vows, as well as their moral and professional obligations, we believe that providing access to an independent, third-party reporting system is an additional and essential step in our efforts to ensure full accountability and transparency. It is imperative that all be held to the same high standards of moral and professional conduct, without regard to rank or title, including those who have been called to lead as bishops.

There are many procedures already in place within the Archdiocese of Baltimore to ensure accountability and transparency. For example, each parish is required to have a finance committee and pastoral council and to provide an annual financial report to their parishioners. Schools have similar requirements. Central Services of the Archdiocese publishes its financial results in the Catholic Review and makes them available on the Archdiocesan website: www.archbalt.org. The operations of Central Services and many other archdiocesan entities, including the Archbishop's Annual Appeal, Partners in Excellence and Catholic Community Foundation are monitored by several consultative bodies, including the Board of Financial Administration, in addition to being independently audited. Furthermore, we have an active internal audit function that monitors compliance with archdiocesan policies and procedures.

Utilizing the hotline platform developed by EthicsPoint, employees, volunteers, parishioners, vendors and other interested parties are able to report concerns about suspected financial, professional and personal misconduct, and if they choose, to do so anonymously. Reports can be filed on this hotline via the web by choosing the "Make a Report" link on the left side of this web page, or via one of EthicsPoint's trained specialists at 1-888-572-8026.

Thank you for your efforts and commitment to the shared and ongoing work of making our Church stronger, more accountable and a clearer reflection of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our society and world.

Faithfully in Christ,
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William E. Lori
Archbishop of Baltimore