Parish Finance Council members owe the entire parish a duty of loyalty. The duty of loyalty requires a Parish Finance Council member to act in the interest of the whole parish rather than in the personal interest of the member, their community, or some other person or organisation. In particular, the duty of loyalty requires a Parish Finance Council member to avoid conflicts of interest that are detrimental to the wider parish.
Any person who may have a conflict of interest in view of other services, either paid or unpaid, rendered to the parish by the Parish Finance Council member, the member’s family or the member’s business is ineligible to serve as a member of the Parish Finance Council.
No parish employee or member of the family of an employee or relative of the parish priest may serve on the finance council.
Members of the Parish Finance Council may serve in other volunteer service roles in the parish if, in the judgment of the parish priest, such dual service will not create conflict of interest situations. The role of the Parish Finance Council should not be vitiated.