The Diocese of Sacramento ranks highest in online financial transparency, according to a survey conducted over the summer by Voice of the Faithful, an organization of Catholic lay people formed in 2002 in response to the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church. It works to support survivors of sexual abuse, support priests of integrity, and shape structural change within the Catholic Church.
Peter Feuerherd, a correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and writes an ongoing series on parish life points out that Sacramento scored the highest, 59 on a 60-point scale. Following Sacramento were Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio; the Diocese of Des Moines, Iowa; the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland, and the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas.
At the opposite end of the scale are Camden, joined by the Archdiocese of Mobile, Alabama; and the Dioceses of Brownsville, Texas, and Biloxi, Mississippi.
According to Feuerherd, the study surveyed dioceses and archdioceses across the country, rating them from most transparent to most opaque. The study was based on how much financial information is accessible on diocesan websites.
For the entire NCR report, which included a link to the VOF survey results, click here.