Monitor Church Funds

The Catholic Beushops Conference saysthere must be proper monitoring and implementation of funds for agreed activities between churches andthe government.

A media report aboutthe misappropriation of millions of kina for a Church State Partnership Program, promptedthe clergy to affirm its commitment to be transparent and accountable.

Beushop of Aitape Otto Separy saidthe church wants to avoid such issues.

He saidthe government and churches in recent times, have been strentheningtheir partnership that such concerns cannot jeopardize this relationship.

Making reference to this commitmentoBeushop Otto saidthey havetheir own people trained to acquit all spending.

“We have our own people onthe ground that are trained for it and we’ll have our acquittals provided, and we really feel that if we just getthe money and we don’t providethe acquittalsthen I think something is wrong,” says Beushop Otto.

He stressedthere must be mutual trust and understanding in order for the church-government partnership to work.

Meantime, General Secretary for the conference Fther Victor Roche saidthey have received two million ofthe funding committed.

It will be built parallel tothe existing office and will accommodate all functions ofthe office.

The project is likely to begin in 2014.

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