THE CHURCH IN NIGERIA AND FUND-RAISING: CHECKING THE ABUSES

Patrick Paul Udoh

Abstract


All manner of abuses have bedeviled and continue to bedevil fundraising in the Church in Nigeria: from the sustained and, in most cases, unregulated rolling back of presumed frontiers as regards the means, occasion, and frequency of fundraising to hurried celebration of Mass only to spend a whole lot of time on fundraising; from the near-coercive language sometimes used to liturgically worrisome actions aimed at working up the faith of the people, including the growing phenomenon known as “FR” (Fundraisers), etc. While noting the need for fundraising in the Church, including a cursory foray into the theological and historical roots of fundraising in same, this write-up exposes these attendant abuses and more, suggesting the possible ways to put them in check. Some of the ways suggested include: catechizing the faithful, sensitizing the priests to the rudiments of fundraising, constitution of parish finance committee, making use of works committee, checking the activities of the fundraisers, regulating collections, reporting abuses to the local Ordinary. The conclusion is that there is an urgent need to check abuses in fundraising.

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