We hear much today about being transparent as a parish, Diocese and Church. Most people focus on finances when they think about this concept. But the duty of representing the Church began more than 2000 years ago by our Savior, Jesus Christ, calls for transparency in all aspects of our life.

Things which have become acceptable in many corners of business, including disparaging people, manipulating information and success at all cost run contrary to our Gospel teaching and the lives we are called to lead. We have a responsibility to be clear, honest and compassionate in our roles in the Catholic community and transparency is a demonstration of our commitment to this standard.