The Diocese of Buffalo is blessed with generous and faithful people! We have experienced very positive results in the Upon This Rock campaign initiated in 2015, in addition to the outstanding support of our annual Catholic Charities Appeal. With these blessings comes a responsibility that is not to be taken lightly.
I am aware that faithful stewardship must be matched with open and transparent management of these resources. As you may be aware, the Diocese of Buffalo annually publishes the audited financial statements of the Central Administrative Offices every February in the Western New York Catholic, as well as on the Diocesan web-site. We have many safeguards in place to help ensure responsible management of funds. The Diocesan Audit Committee oversees the reporting and controls of the financial administration of the Central Administrative Offices and parishes in our diocese. The Diocesan Finance Council is made up of lay and clergy of the diocese and is charged with preparing the annual diocesan budget and making recommendations to me regarding administrative and financial matters. Each parish is required to have a Finance Council to help their pastor exercise proper stewardship by giving him advice about financial planning, analysis and compliance with policy. Many other safeguards exist which protect the assets entrusted to the Church. These include, but are not limited to, strict procedures over the handling of offertory, internal audit requirements and annual financial reporting. However, we must not be complacent, but work to improve and add to these safeguards.
Building upon this framework, the Diocese has implemented a fraud reporting system through a toll-free hotline and a web-site through the independent, third-party company EthicsPoint. This fraud reporting system, available in both English and Spanish, will provide a confidential method of reporting financial, accounting and auditing concerns as well as employee misconduct. All reports will be taken seriously, promptly investigated, and when requested, anonymity is provided.
The implementation of this hotline is an important additional step in our management of resources. Let us continue to work together in building a culture of stewardship and fiscal accountability.
Please know of my gratitude for all that you do in support of the Church in Western New York.
Reports may be filed confidentially through this EthicsPoint hotline via the web by choosing the “Make a Report” link at the top of this web page, or via one of EthicsPoint’s trained specialists at 1-844-573-4177.
Most Reverend Richard J. Malone, Bishop of Buffalo
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