Synod to check Church funds

The Holy Synod of the Church of Greece has ordered inspections on 145 churches to determine how their finances are being managed and is also considering bringing in auditors if the statistics produced by individual church councils prove less than convincing, Kathimerini has learned. The initiative – the first of its kind by the Church of Greece – aims to inform the country’s Orthodox faithful about how their donations to their local church’s collection boxes are being utilized. «The goal is to draft a comprehensive overview of the management of Church finances and record the problems and challenges being faced by parishes following the onset of the financial crisis,» a spokesperson for Archbishop Ieronymos told Kathimerini. According to sources, the country’s churches owe around 500,000 euros to the Archbishopric.