(PROVIDENCE, R.I.)-In an effort to strengthen the financial accountability and transparency for parishes and the diocese itself, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence today announced a proactive measure to report fraud or other financial improprieties. A financial accountability hotline monitored by EthicsPoint, an independent third party, is now available for individuals to report potential financial irregularities.
This new service is not in response to a recent or particular incident, rather an effort to promote high standards of financial accountability for the Diocese.
“With the establishment of this new hotline, the Diocese continues to demonstrate its commitment to maintaining high standards of professional integrity with regard to financial accountability,” said The Most Rev. Thomas J. Tobin, Bishop of the Diocese of Providence. “The Diocese and parishes are committed to the responsible stewardship and administration of the resources so generously provided by the faithful. This new service is yet another means by which the Diocese can reassure the faithful of our gratitude for their support and trust in Church administration.”
Those with concerns relative to financial misconduct at a Catholic parish, school or at the diocesan level may call toll free 1.888.581.2145, to share details of potentially improper activities. Individuals may also share information online at http://dioceseofprovidence.ethicspoint.com. EthicsPoint will only field and process financial information.
Following a review by EthicsPoint relative to the legitimacy of such information shared, they will then forward their findings to the Diocesan Office of Planning and Financial Services. Should the information contained in the report warrant additional action, existing diocesan procedures relative to financial investigations will guide the process.
The Bishop approved the new program after a review by the Diocesan Administrative Board, Finance Council and Council of Priests.
According to EthicsPoint, the Oregon based company enables organizations to foster a business culture of integrity and compliance. They help clients protect their culture and reputation by facilitating the reporting and identification of issues and events of behavior that may be inconsistent with their code of conduct, to the subsequent investigation and resolution of these cases. More than 2,400 organizations use their telephone hotline, web-based reporting and case management services as a critical component of clients’ overall governance, risk and compliance efforts. EthicsPoint provides similar services to a number of Dioceses and other large organizations.