AN ETHICAL ANALYSIS OF TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN CHURCH ADMINISTRATION

  • Sunny Kalapurackal Jnana-Deepa Vidayapeeth
Keywords: Accountability, Democratic Culture, Informational Culture, Opacity, Subsidiarity, Transparency, ‘Vectoral’ Accountability

Abstract

We find corruption in different sectors of society; civil as well as religious. The Catholic Church also tended to corruption and malpractices in its administration. Transparency and accountability help to eradicate corruption. Transparency is counted as an informational mechanism whereas accountability is that one is responsible and answerable for one’s action. The Church has been questioned by a series of events related to unaccountability and opacity concerned with sexual abuse cases and financial mismanagement. A depraved conception is that when somebody admits the error, it defames the Church. The problem of ‘vectoral’ accountability and the pervasiveness of hierarchia intensified the situation. Pope Francis has taken measures in favour of transparency and accountability. It enhances a democratic culture and informational subsidiarity to have credibility in the administration so that the virtue of truthfulness and justice can be performed. A pre-conventional, conventional and post-conventional ethical reasoning would help the Church to recapture the spirit of the gospel to form a just and uncorrupted society.

Author Biography

Sunny Kalapurackal, Jnana-Deepa Vidayapeeth

Sunny Kalapurackal belongs to the Archdiocese of Ernakulam-Angamaly. At present he is doing doctoral research in Moral Theology at Jnana-Deepa Vidayapeeth, Pune, on the topic, “Towards a Just Future for India: A Development Ethics Paradigm Based on Catholic Social Teachings with Particular Attention to the Contribution of Denis Goulet.” He completed his Licentiate in Moral Theology at KU Leuven, Belgium during 2012-2014. He has worked in the pastoral field, in various capacities such as assistant vicar, secretary to late Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil, Vice Rector in the minor seminary and Vice Chancellor in the Archdiocesan curia.

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Published
2020-06-30
How to Cite
Kalapurackal, S. (2020). AN ETHICAL ANALYSIS OF TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY IN CHURCH ADMINISTRATION. Asian Horizons, 14(2), 347-360. Retrieved from http://dvkjournals.in/index.php/ah/article/view/2905