WHY THE CONCERN?
The Catholic faithful through the centuries have trusted their Bishops and Priests to use their donated hard earned money for the glory of God and His Church. Many Catholics who are faithful to the Church and Her Mission still give willingly and generously to the Bishop’s Appeal every year. However, disturbing trends in the Church at large and locally call us to step back and reflect on the good of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.
Although the BAA claims to use it’s donated money for a great good, and in some part probably does, the pandemic lockdown of 2020 and recent news in the Diocese raises serious concerns.
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WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE BAA
Taking a look at the diocese’s website for the BAA (https://columbuscatholicgiving.org/), one will not find an itemized list, or even general list, of where the funds from the BAA are directed. What can be found on the website is the very general pie graph that has been used for years. The pie graph is split into seven categories. About 70% of the funds reportedly go into three categories: Priest, deacon, and seminarian education; spiritual and pastoral programs, and education programs. No clear description is given to what is exactly entailed in each of these categories. One must trust that the pie graph, with it’s limited information, is giving money to these generalized categories.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Tell fellow local Catholics about this initiative. We wish for as little money to go to the BAA until the diocese is more transparent about where the collected funds are going. The Bishop also needs to resolve the serious concerns faithful Catholics have regarding the priorities of the Chancery.