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A letter from Archbishop William E. Lori

The Archdiocese of Baltimore is dedicated to managing the resources of the Church as faithful stewards. To fulfill the mission of the Church, we must perform our work in an ethical and accountable manner. Therefore, we set high standards for ourselves and expect everyone to work within established Archdiocesan policies and procedures and the guidelines set forth in the Code of Conduct for Church Personnel. Archbishop William E. Lori

There are many procedures already in place within the Archdiocese of Baltimore to help 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 posts them on the 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. Furthermore, we have an active internal audit function that monitors compliance with archdiocesan policies and procedures.

We can do more, however, to ensure the proper stewardship of the temporal goods of the Church. One method is to provide interested parties with a way to confidentially report concerns about the conduct of church activities. The use of a hotline is growing more common in other Arch/diocesan and non-profit organizations and we believe will help us achieve our goals of transparency and accountability throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore. We have selected EthicsPoint, an independent third-party company, to provide us with an ethics hotline so employees, volunteers, parishioners, vendors and other interested parties can report concerns about suspected financial or human resources misconduct. This provides us with an additional measure that supports compliance with the extensive policies and procedures of the Archdiocese. Reports can be filed confidentially 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 time and support. Let us continue to work together to become better stewards in the Lord.

Faithfully in Christ,
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Most Reverend William E. Lori
Archbishop of Baltimore