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A detailed examination of the Catholic Church's remarkable failure to protect its primary source of income: the Sunday collections. The phenomenon of Sunday collection embezzlement in the Catholic Church in America (the focus of this book) ultimately owes its existence to a decades-old decision on the part of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to shun the Church-wide implementation of readily available, low-cost procedures that would virtually guarantee that every dollar placed in the collections is, in fact, deposited into the parish bank account. No objective reader will walk away from this book with anything less than a stunning example of institutional nonfeasance. Most Catholics will also find themselves wondering: “Who or what purpose is being served by this colossal failure to act?”
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Sep 21, 2011NONFEASANCE is the chronicle of a retired federal law enforcement official who confronted the U.S. Catholic hierarchy in a largely unsuccessful, long-running effort to convince them of the need to effectively safeguard the Church’s primary source of income: the Sunday collection. In more than 20 years of correspondence with eight different heads of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and other officials of that body, the author, Michael W. Ryan, failed to convince them of their fiscal and moral obligation to act conference-wide to effectively safeguard the Sunday collection. It should be said that Ryan is a practicing Catholic, and has no axe to grind with the Church, except for his conviction that guarding the integrity of the Sunday collection should be the very least for which its hierarchy is accountable. Ryan also makes the point that the loose procedures (or lack of procedures) now in place in the 195 dioceses of the U.S. represent an occasion of sin for which the... More > hierarchy is also accountable. Catholics who read this exposé will find themselves in disbelief that those entrusted with the Church, including its material goods and (what is more important) the consciences and souls of its members, should be found so wanting. This is a disturbing journal of institutional failure to act. Consider the many schools and churches that have been closed due to “declining revenues.” It is mystifying, it is outrageous and, as the author indicates, it will not change except as great numbers of Catholics become aware of the hierarchy’s NONFEASANCE and demand reform.< Less
Sep 13, 2011This is a groundbreaking work written by an obviously concerned and dedicated lifelong Catholic. The title, NONFEASANCE, is especially "grabbing" and appropriate. Due to his background and extensive research on the subject, the author is clearly very knowledgeable about his subject matter and backs it all up with actual correspondence with the hierarchy of the Church. While I am terribly sorry that such a book needed to be written, it is an eye-opener and should be read by everyone who contributes financially to his or her church.
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- Michael W. Ryan (Standard Copyright License)
- Michael W. Ryan
- September 9, 2011
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.93 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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