Bukavu, 31 October, 2019 / 12:51 am (ACI Africa).
In an effort to see that parishes and other diocesan institutions are administered responsibly and good stewardship is enhanced, the Local Ordinary of Bukavu Archdiocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo), Archbishop François-Xavier Maroy has instructed his Vicar General to have all Parish Priests sign a Code of Good Governance, which outlines measures toward financial transparency among other aspects of accountability in leadership.
“It is a code of good governance with ten (10) "commandments", Vicar General of Bukavu Archdiocese, Msgr. Emile Mushosho has been quoted as saying during the signing ceremony Saturday, October 26.
"These are general provisions known but which sometimes are not correctly or really not executed,” Msgr. Mushosho told the 41 Parish Priests of the Archdiocese of Bukavu who gathered at the Our Lady of Peace Cathedral for the event.
According to the code of good governance availed to ACI Africa, “the Parish Priest has the obligation to give members of the priestly team the opportunity to share their pastoral concerns, in meetings that are organized at least once a month in order to allow a good collaboration in the fulfilment of their pastoral duties.”
In addition, "the Parish Priest must collaborate with the parish bursar by forwarding all receipts and expenses as well as a report on the economic management of the parish during a meeting of the priestly team.”