Rob Vischer has more concerns about that hearing yesterday on church finances
Robert Araujo’s misgivings about the legislative effort in Massachusetts to require financial disclosure by all nonprofit organizations, including churches, are underscored by the public hearing held yesterday on the issue. The Boston archdiocese was widely criticized for not participating in the hearing, which seemed to function (judging by the news report) as a pep rally for efforts to assert greater lay control over the Church. The sponsoring state senator explained that "[f]inancial transparency can better ensure moral transparency." Little comfort is offered by Governor Romney, who has suggested that such legislation can allow the public "to make sure the money is being properly spent."