Synodal Commission for Finance

The Synodal Commission for Finance



Bishop Mathew Arckal

Bishop Antony Kariyil CMI

Bishop Raphael Thattil

Fr. Joseph Tholanickal


For the administration of the goods of the patriarchal Church, the patriarch, with the consent of the permanent synod, is to name a patriarchal finance officer distinct from the finance officer of the eparchy of the patriarch. The patriarchal finance officer should be a member of the Christian faithful who is expert in economic matters and of outstanding honesty; for validity a person is excluded who is related to the patriarch up to and including the fourth degree of consanguinity or affinity.
The patriarchal finance officer is appointed for a term determined by particular law; during the tenure he cannot be removed by the patriarch without the consent of the synod of bishops of the patriarchal Church or, if there is danger in delay, of the permanent synod.
The patriarchal finance officer must submit a written report annually to the permanent synod on administration during the past year as well as a budget of income and expenditures for the coming year; a report on administration is also to be submitted whenever it is requested by the permanent synod. §4. The synod of bishops of the patriarchal Church can require a report on administration as well as the budget of income and expenditures from the patriarchal finance officer and subject it to its own examination.

Finance Officer

1. The Major Archiepiscopal Finance Officer is a Christian faithful expert in financial matters, outstanding for honesty and appointed by the Major Archbishop with the consent of the Permanent Synod for the administration of the goods of the Major Archiepiscopal Church. (CCEO 122:1)
2. The Finance Officer is the ex-officio Secretary of the Commission for Finance as well as of the Finance Council, the bodies constituted to help him in the administration of the temporal goods of the Church.
3. He shall administer the temporal goods of the church guided by the Common Law and the Particular Law of the Church. (cf. CCEO. 122: 1007-1054. PL Statutes of the Synod of Bishops Art, PL Ar., 7, 201-209)
4. The Finance Officer is appointed for a period of five years and is accountable to the Permanent Synod and to the Synod of Bishops as per the provisions of Common and Particular Law. (cf. CCEO 122, 3, 4, 125, Statues of the Permanent Synod of Bishops. Art. 14)
5. The same person shall not hold the office of the Finance Officer for more than two consecutive terms. (P L Art. 6).
6. The Finance Officer shall take care to get the annual contribution for the functioning of the curia from the juridical and physical persons who are obliged to do so.
7. He is to ensure the proper and timely maintenance and custody of the curial buildings and any other buildings situated either within the campus of the curia or outside.
8. In the alienation of the temporal goods of the Major Archiepiscopal Church the common and particular laws of the Church must be followed (cf. c. 1037 – 1039, Particular Law of Permanent Synod Act 16:8, 17:280.
9. For undertaking any major financial transaction or construction work he requires to consult the Commission for Finance, Finance Council and get the consent of the Major Archbishop.
10sss. The Finance Officer shall present the matters of importance in the regular meetings of the Major Archiepiscopal Curia and seek the opinion of the other members of the Curia.

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