A Finance Council, composed of members with the appropriate expertise and possessing a love for the Church and its mission, can provide the Pastor valuable advice and assistance in the execution of his parish financial administrative duties.
A competent Finance Council can also help a parish maximize its financial resources and avert potential financial problems. Pastors are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the counsel and advice provided by the Finance Council.
In the administration of temporal goods of the parish, Canon 532 defines the role of the pastor as the authoritative representative of the parish.
“The pastor represents the parish in all juridic affairs in accord with the norm of law; he is to see to it that the goods of the parish are administered in accord with the norms of canons 1281-1288.”
Canon 537 introduces the Parish Finance Council as a mandated body having an advisory and consultative role with the pastor.
“Each parish is to have a finance council which is regulated by universal law as well as by norms issued by the diocesan bishop; in this council the Christian faithful, selected according to the same norms, aid the pastor in the administration of parish goods with due regard for the prescription of canon 532.”