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The parishes, schools, agencies and other entities of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis are committed to being good stewards of our resources. We are all responsible for ensuring that funds we receive are used for the benefit of people we serve and for protecting our financial and physical assets from theft or misuse. We ask for your help in reporting any situations where Church funds or property are lost or put at risk, as described in the following policy.
This policy applies to all clergy, employees, and volunteers of our parishes, schools, agencies, and other entities. In addition, we encourage parishioners, parents of school students, clients of our programs, and others to report any suspicions of misuse of funds or property. By working together, we can promote greater stewardship and accountability.
We define the following behavior as inappropriate:
Additional examples of inappropriate conduct are listed below:
We highly encourage and would be very grateful for any information regarding the misuse or the potential for future loss of funds or property. You can make a confidential
report on your own by using the third party hotline or website described below. Or, if you wish, you can talk with your pastor, parish life coordinator, principal, or agency director and the two of you can make a report together. Another option is to contact the Chief Financial Officer, Controller, Director of Financial Analysis, or Human Resources Director, who can also assist you with making a report. The contact information for these individuals is at the end of this policy.
If you suspect misuse of funds or property, but do not have complete proof, we would still appreciate any information you could share. If you are unsure of whether a situation is a violation of the policy, you can use the reporting system to ask a question.
To make reporting as convenient and confidential as possible, we contracted with EthicsPoint to establish a third-party, independent Hotline (phone 1-888-393-6810 to be provided after available) and website (archdioceseofindianapolis.ethicspoint.com)
The parishes, schools, agencies, and other entities of the Archdiocese sincerely appreciate reports that are made and will not retaliate or take action against any person who makes a report. For employees, they will not suffer a loss of employment, a decrease in wages, or other adverse consequences due to making a report. For other individuals (volunteers, parishioners, parents, clients of programs, etc.) who make reports, the Archdiocese will make every effort to protect their identities and their interests.
The Archdiocese has another policy that relates to this topic:
For the Church to practice good stewardship and demonstrate accountability, every person needs to be committed to these goals and willing to report suspicions of wrongdoing or situations where poor procedures make wrongdoing possible. We appeal to you to be vigilant in these areas and report any and all information that would help us live up to these standards. We are very grateful for your assistance, and thank you for working with us to ensure the highest ethical and professional standards in all of our ministries.
If you have any questions about this policy or would like assistance in making a report, please contact any of the following people: