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  • Remaking the Church - Part 4 -

    03/05/2010 1:21:54 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 102+ views
    NC Register ^ | March 5, 2010 | DEACON THOMAS J. DAVIS JR.
    PART IV Deeper Division and the American Catholic Council Editorís note: On March 5, 2009, the co-chairmen of the Connecticut General Assembly Judiciary Committee introduced Raised Bill 1098 mandating reorganization of Catholic religious corporations. Catholics in Connecticut mobilized against the bill, which would have restricted a pastorís authority in his own parish ó and the bishopís as well. The bill was withdrawn in the face of public outcry. In a four-part series, Deacon Thomas Davis, associate director of the Pope John Paul II Bioethics Center at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., and a practicing attorney ,...
  • Remaking the Church - Part 3 - VOTF vs. the Catechism - Targeting Priesthood

    03/05/2010 1:19:03 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 104+ views
    NC Register ^ | March 4, 2010 | DEACON THOMAS J. DAVIS JR
    KEYS OF THE KINGDOM. Did Christ ordain Peter and the Apostles? Did he intend to found a Church? If you follow Voice of the Faithfulís study guide, the answer is No. PART III Targeting Priesthood Editorís note: One year ago this month, Catholics in Connecticut mobilized against a proposed law that would severely restrict a pastorís authority in his own parish ó and the bishopís as well. In his four-part series, Deacon Thomas Davis, associate director of the Pope John Paul II Bioethics Center at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., and a practicing attorney, demonstrates how such...
  • Remaking the Church (VOTF maintains hope) [Catholic Caucus] Part 2

    03/03/2010 6:11:39 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies · 112+ views
    NC Register ^ | March 3, 2010 | DEACON THOMAS J. DAVIS JR.
    PART II VOTF: Agenda and Method Editorís note: One year ago this month, Catholics in Connecticut mobilized against a proposed law that would severely restrict a pastorís authority in his own parish ó and the bishopís as well. In a four-part series continuing today, Deacon Thomas Davis, associate director of the Pope John Paul II Bioethics Center at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., and a practicing attorney, demonstrates how such a law fits in with parish restructuring proposals of Voice of the Faithful, the national organization that sprang up in the wake of the clerical sexual-abuse revelations...
  • Remaking the Church (VOTF maintains hope) [Catholic Caucus]

    03/02/2010 10:15:38 AM PST · by NYer · 15 replies · 290+ views
    NC Register ^ | March 2, 2010 | DEACON THOMAS J. DAVIS JR
    ĎOPPRESSED CLASS?í Women recite the Lord's Prayer during Mass at the Voice of the Faithful national conference in Melville, N.Y., in 2009. Editorís note: One year ago this month, Catholics in Connecticut mobilized against a proposed law that would severely restrict a pastorís authority in his own parish ó and the bishopís as well. In a four-part series beginning today, Deacon Thomas Davis, associate director of the Pope John Paul II Bioethics Center at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., (www.holyapostles.edu) and a practicing attorney, demonstrates how such a law fits in with parish restructuring proposals of Voice...
  • Roadblocks to Reform

    07/27/2009 4:13:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 192+ views
    ic ^ | July 27, 2009 | Russel Shaw
    †What's the biggest obstacle to positive reform in the Church? Reactionaries in the Roman Curia? Conservatives in the conference of bishops? The Code of Canon Law? † The correct answer is none of the above. The biggest obstacle to reform is the roadblock thrown in its way by self-styled reform groups themselves. By advocating changes that clash with the doctrine, discipline, and best interests of the Church, they give reform a bad name and lead sensible people to reason that if this is what "reform" means, they want no part of it. † Not to leave you guessing, I mean...
  • Catholic group struggles to survive, needs $60K ASAP (VOTF tanking!)

    07/17/2009 1:11:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies · 305+ views
    Salem (MA) News ^ | 7/16/2009 | Tom Dalton
    Voice of the Faithful, the Catholic lay group that formed in response to the priest sex abuse scandal, is facing its own crisis: lack of money. The national organization said it is "at the crossroads of financial survival" and needs $60,000 in donations by the end of July to keep going. The news struck a chord at a local affiliate. "I'm not terribly surprised," said Jolene Guerra of Topsfield, co-coordinator of the North Shore-Seacoast affiliate, which has members from Salem to Newburyport. "I'm certainly disappointed. I think financially the national organization has been struggling." "I've already been receiving e-mails from...
  • Lay Catholic group fears demise amid budget woes (Bye bye VOTF!)

    07/14/2009 7:33:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies · 616+ views
    AP ^ | July 14, 2009 | DENISE LAVOIE
    BOSTON ‚ÄĒ A lay Catholic group founded in the worst days of the church's clergy sex abuse scandal said Monday it may be forced to cease operations because of a downturn in donations.Leaders of Voice of the Faithful sent out a fundraising letter Monday to members saying it is "at the crossroads of financial survival" and needs $60,000 by the end of this month.Bill Casey, chairman of the group's board of trustees, said Voice of the Faithful has been hit hard by the economic downturn and is making an "emergency appeal" for donations. The group is based in the Boston...
  • Pastor bars Florida VOTF from holding annual Mass over groupís restructuring efforts

    03/18/2009 6:43:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 535+ views
    CNA ^ | March 18, 2009
    Naples, Fla., Mar 18, 2009 / 06:20 am (CNA).- Citing Voice of the Faithfulís advocacy of church restructuring, the pastor of a Catholic church in Naples, Florida has barred the Southwest Florida VOTF affiliate from celebrating its annual Mass at the parish.St. John the Evangelist Church pastor Rev. John Ludden told the Naples News that he was concerned about the organization as a whole because ďtheyíre becoming a group within the church that are aligning themselves with other groups that ... donít trust the hierarchy and want to change our structure.ĒVoice of the Faithful (VOTF), a self-described church reform group,...
  • Voice of the Faithful v. Church?

    03/10/2009 5:56:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 609+ views
    NC Register ^ | March 9, 2009 | Tom Hoopes
    Connecticut Catholics, be prepared in Hartford Wednesday: 1. Catholic ‚Äúexperts‚ÄĚ will back the anti-Church bill. 2. The defense of the bill will sound reassuring and reasonable. 3. A big crowd will be there early on ¬ó but the Church needs Catholics to come later on, too.4. We can win this, if we fight. Let me explain: 1. One objective of the new Connecticut anti-Church structure bill, I¬ím told, is for the Voice of the Faithful to get its message out about democratizing the Church. Today‚Äôs Connecticut Post lists ‚ÄúSome details of the proposed ‚ÄėAct Modifying Corporate Laws Relating to Certain...
  • Obama Advisor is Well Known Dissenting Catholic

    12/13/2007 10:45:55 AM PST · by NYer · 28 replies · 121+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | December 7, 2007 | Deal Hudson
    † Marshall Ganz, a Harvard sociologist, was a major force behind organizing Voice of the Faithful (VOTF), a dissenting Catholic organization devoted to "structural" change in the Church. VOTF, you may recall, used the occasion of the priest sex scandals to call for changes in Catholic doctrine such as the addition of a married priesthood and popularly-elected bishops. † Ganz is a nationally known expert in political organizing. In 2004 he was an adviser to Howard Dean -- Ganz now advises Democratic presidential candidate, Barak Obama. † Ganz's intent in helping to found VOTF is made clear from a letter...
  • VOTF, your 15 minutes are up

    07/13/2007 5:21:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 403+ views
    CWN ^ | July 13, 2007 | Diogenes
    The sex-abuse scandal in Boston and the unflagging editorial support of the Boston Globe helped catapult Voice of the Faithful into national prominence. But from the start there have been questions about whether VOTF represents all the faithful, or only those inclined toward leftist causes. In response to such questions, VOTF has always said that the group does not take positions on internal Church disputes. But that begs the question: What is an internal Church dispute, and what is a matter of faith? Would VOTF welcome the participation of monophysites who claim to be Catholic? How about anti-Semites? OK,...
  • The Suiciding of the Church (SNAP and VOTF go after the Catholic Church)

    05/06/2006 6:02:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 506+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | May 6, 2006 | Richard Leonardi
    "This is an ancient, rigid, secretive, top-down, all-male monarchy. It always has been. It always will be. The answer is not to reform them, but to go around them and to contain them." Whatever constructive role these groups once played in the national ďdialogueĒ about the abuses perpetrated by predatory, largely homosexual priests, it has long since past. In fact, they donít seek dialogue at all. Clohessy now counsels against dialogue with bishops and instead urges Catholics to lobby state legislatures to exempt dioceses from statutes of limitation that prevent an endless stream of aging, often dubious, claims. High profile...
  • Lay Catholic Group Voice of the Faithful Seeks New Relevance

    07/07/2005 7:32:39 PM PDT · by murphE · 11 replies · 333+ views
    A Catholic reform group convenes its first national meeting in nearly 3 years Friday in Indianapolis. The lay group is called `Voice of the Faithful.' It wants to focus on what it says will be a more relevant and lasting strategy now that the initial anger over the priest sexual abuse scandal has eased. About 500 leaders from some 200 local affiliates will attend workshops on recruiting, strategy, keeping parishes open and supporting abuse victims. The group's president, Jim Post, says the meetings will allow local leaders to share strategies and develop tools to overcome the apathy he perceives on...
  • Catholic Reform Group Seeks New Relevance (VOTF trying to stay alive)

    07/08/2005 11:57:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 352+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 8, 2005 | Ken Kusmer
    The Catholic lay reform group Voice of the Faithful is holding a national meeting to create a lasting strategy for involvement in the church, three years after the clergy sex abuse scandal fueled the group's calls for change.For three days beginning Friday, about 500 leaders from some 200 of the organization's local affiliates will attend workshops on recruiting, strategy, keeping parishes open and supporting abuse victims.It is the group's first national meeting in nearly three years.The steps are needed to transform the 30,000-member organization from a cause fueled by anger into a mature advocate for worshippers, observers say."Anger gets you...
  • Angela Bonavoglia (feminist) won't let Catholic Church silence her

    05/20/2005 3:16:11 PM PDT · by Coleus · 54 replies · 1,782+ views
    North Jersey Newspapers ^ | 05.19.05 | MAKEBA SCOTT HUNTER
    Angela Bonavoglia won't let Catholic Church silence her Angela Bonavoglia, the controversial speaker and author who was banned from speaking at the Catholic Jesuit Loyola Retreat in Morristown last week by Paterson Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli, spoke before a packed audience at an alternate location instead - St. Mark Lutheran Church, also in Morristown. Although clearly dismayed the bishop's decision ("They don't know me," she quipped), Bonavoglia gave her speech as planned on May 11 and talked about the "invisible" crime of sex abuse against females and the need for the church to reconsider its policies on female ordination and...
  • Bishop Bars Activist, Lesbian/Pro-abortion Writer from Speaking at Catholic Retreat House

    05/12/2005 6:27:14 PM PDT · by Coleus · 83 replies · 1,563+ views
    North Jersey Newspapers | 05.11.05 | Maya Kremen
    Writer banned from speaking at retreat Diocese of Paterson Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli has banned a writer who supports abortion rights and female ordination from speaking to a lay Catholic group on church property. Angela Bonavoglia , a self-de≠scribed "itinerant Catholic," was scheduled to speak tonight to a lo≠cal branch of the lay group Voice of the Faithful at the Jesuit Loyola Retreat in Morristown. But at the last minute, the diocese asked the Jesuits there to "disinvite" Bonavoglia, saying that her views oppose church doctrine, according to a diocesan spokeswoman. The ban marks the first time a Paterson bishop...
  • Pro-Abortion Catholic Feminist to Speak at Jesuit-Run Retreat House at VOTF Meeting (Take Action)

    05/08/2005 7:16:47 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 750+ views
    05.08.05
    Listed†below†is thread on Angela Bonavoglia. She will be speaking at the Loyola Retreat House, Morristown, NJ, †on Wednesday night, May 11, 2005, which is being sponsored by the Voice of the Faithful (VOTF), an apostate Marxist organization run by laypersons who don't like the traditional church. She is a pro-abortion feminist who wants a "new Catholic church" !†† Angela's WebsiteContact Angela Here †The Local Catholic Bishop, Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, S.T.D., S.S.L., D.D;† needs to know what is going on in his diocese by religious orders who don't necessarily report to the local ordinary.Here is a story, written by...
  • Forces of Dissent Prepare Attack on Benedict XVI

    04/26/2005 11:46:15 AM PDT · by Knitting A Conundrum · 100 replies · 2,466+ views
    TCRNews ^ | 4/26/05 | TCRNews
    Fr. Robert Carr, Holy Cross Cathedral, Boston, sends us the following: "We have been alerted here that there is a move to make an assault on the Church in the US and an attempt to bring down Pope Benedict XVI in Rome through propaganda. † The Rainbow Sash Movement has called for protests in churches throughout the United States in favor of Gay rights and against Pope Benedict. http://www.rainbowsashmovement.com/New_Web_Site_12_18_04/Stories/RSM_Pentecost_2005.htm † Meanwhile Voice of the Faithful, another movement against the Church is using the case of Fr. Marcial Maciel the founder of the Legionaires of Christ who is accused of...
  • Pope had critics, too

    04/07/2005 1:35:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 33 replies · 3,258+ views
    NorthJerseyNewspapers ^ | 04.06.05 | SAMANTHA HENRY and SUZANNE TRAVERS
    Pope had critics, too As Pope John Paul II is laid to rest this week, debates he fueled in churches throughout the Americas continue to swirl.In the United States and Latin America, John Paul left a church with declining membership, short on clergy, and attempting to heal from the priest sex-abuse scandal.For critics and lay reform groups, his biggest weakness was his refusal to engage in open dialogue.Polls have shown the majority of American Catholics out of step with church doctrine on issues such as contraception, divorce, homosexual unions, married clergy, and women priests, even as they praised the pope's...
  • The new bishop of Oakland CA, showed VOTF he means business and reclaims his turf.

    03/24/2004 12:42:58 AM PST · by m4629 · 34 replies · 645+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | Mar. 23, 2004 | Randy Myers
    A publication for East Bay Catholics refused to run an advertisement and notice announcing a university-sponsored seminar that gathers scholars to discuss the Catholic Church's future. As publisher of the Catholic Voice, Bishop Allen Vigneron of the Oakland Diocese rejected running an ad and notification item for the one-day University of San Francisco seminar, "Imaging the Future Church." In a March 1 letter to the East Bay chairman of the Voice of the Faithful, Vigneron explained that his decision was based on critical comments on church doctrine he heard from group members.
  • Letter Writing Campaign in Support of Archbishop Burke

    03/03/2004 6:52:10 AM PST · by lrslattery · 14 replies · 201+ views
    Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam ^ | 3/2/04 | Group List
    This was posted on a St Louis Catholic List and I was given permission to post it here and on other sites. I have done some minor editing to it, but it is substantially the same. The St. Louis Chapter of Voice of the Faithful had tried a letter writing campaign late last year to have a voice in the selection of our new archbishop to replace Justin Cardinal Rigali. Here is the post:The St. Louis affiliate of VOTF has a link to the following on their website. They have links to other articles and editorials about themselves too, and...
  • An Inside Look at Voice of the Faithful

    01/09/2004 12:06:04 PM PST · by NYer · 37 replies · 104+ views
    Envoy Magazine ^ | January 8, 2004 | Danny DeBruin
    As I pulled into the high school parking lot of the affluent Long Island suburb of Manhasset one July evening, I passed a BMW with a Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) window decal. Clearly, this was the place. I entered the building, passing a number of elderly people standing behind tables covered with pamphlets. A very pleasant grandmother handed me four or five leaflets, including a printout of the Nicene Creed, a flier for the groupís September ďFaith ConventionĒ and some other VOTF reading material. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed Paul Lakeland-the liberation theologian from Fairfield...
  • Critique of "Voice of the Faithful" [What Faith Are They Trying to Keep?]

    11/19/2003 8:45:54 PM PST · by Salvation · 36 replies · 182+ views
    Zenit.org/Vatican News ^ | 11-19-03 | Fr. T Frechette, Fr. P. Lamb, Fr. R. Landry
    ZENIT - The World Seen From Rome Code: ZE03111926Date: 2003-11-19Critique of "Voice of the Faithful"What Faith Are They Trying to Keep?HYANNIS, Massachusetts, NOV. 19, 2003 (Zenit.org).- Several priests in the Diocese of Fall River recently sent out a pastoral letter to parishioners, to clarify the nature of Voice of the Faithful, a group that gained attention in the wake of the clergy sex-abuse scandals. Here we reprint the letter. * * * A Pastoral Letter From Your Priests Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In recent days, several parishioners have asked us for clarification about the group called "Voice...
  • "Married Priest" Letter Gets More Support

    08/27/2003 5:46:09 AM PDT · by ninenot · 261 replies · 521+ views
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 8/27/03 | Mary Zahn
    Married priests win new support Catholic clergy groups expected to champion Milwaukee movement By MARY ZAHN and TOM HEINENmzahn@journalsentinel.com Last Updated: Aug. 26, 2003 Representatives of Catholic priest associations in Boston, New York, Chicago, southern Illinois and Pittsburgh said Tuesday they plan on taking action to support more than 160 Milwaukee-area priests who signed a letter urging that the priesthood be open to married men. In addition, three liberal church reform groups that have long advocated optional celibacy used the Internet on Tuesday to launch state, national and international efforts of their own in response to the Milwaukee letter. The...
  • Archbishop [Myers] seen a voice of clarity and controversy

    06/16/2003 9:37:34 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 113 replies · 513+ views
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | 6/15/03 | JUDY PEET
    <p>He took over as head of the nation's seventh-largest Roman Catholic archdiocese while his new territory was still under the pall of the fires smoldering across the Hudson River. He found a flock dazed with grief, searching for answers.</p> <p>Barely had the shock of the worst terrorist attack in the nation's history begun to fade, when the American Catholic Church's worst scandal surfaced: priests accused of sexual abuse.</p>
  • VOTF Practices Censorship: "Voices" of Contradiction and Revolutionary at Louisville, KY Conference

    06/07/2003 8:42:58 PM PDT · by jt8d · 2 replies · 144+ views
    Bets Are Off in Louisville When a group wants to have a voice, the more its voice is heard the better. One would imagine that better yet is if that same voice is heardÖ and reheard. However, that was not what happened at the organizing meeting of the Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) at St. Agnes Church in Louisville, Ky. Area Catholics were taken aback by some of the practices of an organization that demands transparency of the nation's bishops. John de Friend attended the founding meeting on May 6. His experiences were quite revealing. He reports that the gathering...
  • Church is a servant of God, not of Modernist ideologues

    05/15/2003 7:49:59 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 12 replies · 213+ views
    The Providence Visitor ^ | May 15, 2003 | Fr. John A. Kiley
    The Quiet Corner by Fr. John A. Kiley Church is a servant of God, not of Modernist ideologues † When I was a curate at SS. John & Paul Parish in Coventry, it was decided to conduct a sex education course for the eighth grade students. A meeting was first scheduled for parents so they could be informed of the course's content. The meeting night arrived and not one parent showed up. Mystified by the lack of parental concern, a teacher later inquired from some parents regarding their absence. Their response was, "If Father Kiley's involved, everything will be OK....
  • Area clergy continue to plan for future needs (Pilarczyk welcomes VOTF)

    04/10/2003 7:42:51 AM PDT · by WriteOn · 3 replies · 76+ views
    The Catholic Telegraph ^ | 4/4/03 | Tricia Hempel
    Area clergy continue to plan for future needs By Tricia Hempel DAYTON DEANERY ó In their continuing effort to be "agents of change" rather than "victims of change," priests of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati gathered March 27 at Incarnation Parish in Centerville to continue the work of planning for a future with fewer priests. The process began in 2000 with the establishment by Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk of the Futures Committee, priests from various age groups and level of responsibility. Along with the entire local presbyterate, the committee worked with CARA (The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate) to...
  • Voice of the Faithful Organizing In Chicago

    01/22/2003 7:12:46 PM PST · by provakatuer · 16 replies · 140+ views
    Catholic Citizens of Illinois ^ | 1/22/03 | Karl Maurer
    Chicago, Illinois -- On Sunday, January 19, 2003, Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) Chicago West chapter held a public organizational meeting at St. Edmund's Parish, Oak Park, Illinois. The meeting was announced from the pulpits of several Oak Park area Catholic churches and in the St. Edmund's parish bulletin. Thirty-eight people attended the event, including several area pastors. The meeting featured Joyce Gradel and Steve Shimek, a former Dominican priest. Shimek's parish, St. Giles in Oak Park, is an active participant in United Power for Action and Justice, an organization well known for supporting liberal Democratic candidates and taxpayer funded...
  • Enhancing Democracy: the Key to Religious Reform

    12/23/2002 1:48:40 PM PST · by WriteOn · 1 replies · 116+ views
    CTA 2002 Conference ^ | unknown 2002 | James Carroll
    Enhancing Democracy: the Key to Religious Reform by James Carroll Plenary address at 2002 CTA national conference in Milwaukee Carroll develops these themes more fully in his 2002 book, "Toward a New Catholic Church: The Promise of Reform." In the last thirteen months, we Americans have discovered with something approaching astonishment the wild diversity of religious and spiritual impulses that has come to mark not only the planet, but our own nation. "Today," as the great Catholic theologian Karl Rahner put it, "everyone is the next-door neighbor and spiritual neighbor of everyone else in the world." And the organizers...
  • Catholic Charities accepts donation from Voice of the Faithful reform group

    12/17/2002 12:27:24 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies · 119+ views
    AP Wire ... direct feed | December 17, 2002
    BOSTON (AP) _ Catholic Charities has apparently angered some archdiocesan officials by accepting a $56,035 donation from Voice of the Faithful, a lay reform group formed in response to the sex abuse crisis. The social service agency, an arm of the Archdiocese of Boston, decided to take the money last Wednesday, two days before Pope John Paul II accepted Cardinal Bernard Law's resignation as Boston archbishop. Voice of the Faithful had a rocky relationship with Law, who had not decided whether to accept its donation. The funds had been collected from Roman Catholics unwilling to give directly to the archdiocese...
  • The reform group and the archbishop: A rising tide runs into a wall

    11/25/2002 2:53:55 PM PST · by Incorrigible · 17 replies · 328+ views
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | 11/24/02 | David Gibson
    The reform group and the archbishop: A rising tide runs into a wall Sunday, November 24, 2002 BY DAVID GIBSON Star-Ledger Staff [Newark, NJ] -- The ban that Newark Archbishop John J. Myers directed last month at the New Jersey chapter of a burgeoning national Catholic reform group was about as cut and dried as an edict can get. To Myers, the group Voice of the Faithful was "anti- Church and, ultimately, anti-Catholic," and in no uncertain terms he said its members could not meet on church property anywhere in the four counties of the Newark archdiocese. But Voice of...
  • WOODSTOCK IS FINALLY OVER

    11/11/2002 10:13:34 AM PST · by John Lenin · 100 replies · 1,489+ views
    John Guthmiller
    WOODSTOCK IS FINALLY OVERTHE TIMES, THEY ARE A-CHANGIN' By: John GuthmillerPundits are wallowing in the unexpected largesse of last Tuesday's history-making midterm election. Seldom do the chattering classes get so much meat to chew on. Conservatives - the handful who get air time - are reveling like the Osbournes at a wrap party, while Democrats are alternately wailing like they should have at Paul Wellstone's funeral or putting on a game face and pretending their unprecedented losses don't matter. In the end, Republicans made political gains in the House of Representatives, and retook the Senate. These are stories to...
  • Taking Issues With The Vatican

    10/21/2002 9:27:40 PM PDT · by Coleus · 16 replies · 159+ views
    Taking issue with the Vatican Monday, October 21, 2002 By JOHN CHADWICK Staff Writer As he left church Sunday, parishioner Peter Melchiano said Catholics should consider sending a simple but powerful message to the Vatican about its handling of the clergy sexual abuse scandal. "I think it comes down to either zero tolerance, or zero donations," Melchiano said. A schoolteacher in Paterson, Melchiano said he's outraged over Rome's rejection last week of the American church's tough new rules for priests who abuse children. The rules, which called for removing any priest for a single instance of sexual abuse, are in...
  • Catholic Church grapples with issue of inclusion

    10/20/2002 8:17:46 PM PDT · by Incorrigible · 15 replies · 251+ views
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | 10/20/02 | David Gibson
    <p>But Myers' preemptive move against the group, Voice of the Faithful, also highlighted a wider uncertainty in Catholicism over how a hierarchical church should deal with populist activism.</p> <p>"It's very hard to organize a grassroots movement in politics in the United States, let alone in the Catholic Church," said the Rev. Thomas Reese, editor of the Jesuit weekly America and a longtime political scientist of the church.</p>
  • Archbishop in Newark bans group Organization formed following sex scandal

    10/11/2002 8:15:32 AM PDT · by ZULU · 67 replies · 397+ views
    New Jersey Star Ledger ^ | October 11, 2002 | DAVID GIBSON
    <p>With a sharply worded rebuke, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers has barred from church property the New Jersey chapter of a national lay reform group that started in Boston following the clergy sexual abuse scandals and now includes members across the country.</p>
  • Archbishop in Newark bans group--Voice of the Faithful

    10/11/2002 9:32:31 PM PDT · by Coleus · 17 replies · 281+ views
    <p>With a sharply worded rebuke, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers has barred from church property the New Jersey chapter of a national lay reform group that started in Boston following the clergy sexual abuse scandals and now includes members across the country.</p>
  • When Wolves Dress Like Sheep: A Close Look at Voice of the Faithful

    08/08/2002 11:44:23 AM PDT · by american colleen · 33 replies · 534+ views
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 8, 2002 | Deal Hudson
    When Wolves Dress Like Sheep: A Close Look at Voice of the Faithful CRISIS Magazine - e-Letter August 8, 2002 ********************************************** Dear Friend, Lately, we've been hearing a lot about a group called Voice of the Faithful (VOTF). The media's coverage is invariably positive, playing up the group's proactive stance towards renewing the Church and holding bishops accountable for their actions. Now, I tend to be suspicious of any Catholic group the mainstream media supports. And as I began to take a closer look at VOTF, it became pretty clear that it's not as "faithful" as it claims. What it...
  • Voice of the Faithful--Friend or Foe?

    08/12/2002 5:13:21 AM PDT · by ninenot · 3 replies · 233+ views
    NewsMax ^ | August 12, 2002 | Fred Martinez
    What Is VOTF's Real Agenda? Fred Martinez Monday, Aug. 12, 2002 Recently, Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) became the news media's favorite "Catholic" lay organization to cure the Catholic Church of its sex-abuse scandal. The New York Times and Boston Globe wrote glowing articles about this new "mainstream" Catholic organization. Even in Ireland and on the European landmass, newspapers were covering this "grassroots" group that started from a humble church basement. VOTF claims it wants to democratize and subordinate the bishops to "lay participation." It also claims to be mainstream and conservative. I received this e-mail from one of my...
  • Grassroots groups square off on scandal (response to Voice of the Faith[less]ful)

    08/21/2002 8:26:26 PM PDT · by american colleen · 2 replies · 242+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | August 21, 2002 | Eric Convey
    Grassroots groups square off on scandal by Eric Convey Wednesday, August 21, 2002 A Newton-based group that wants to democratize the Roman Catholic Church worldwide is now facing opposition from a local grassroots organization. About 50 Catholics who want to preserve the historic deference of the laity toward priests and bishops have begun convening to coordinate a response to Voice of the Faithful. ``We're sort of the equal and opposite reaction,'' said Carol McKinley, a Pembroke resident and organizer of the month-old group calling itself Faithful Voice. Both organizations are employing tactics such as using the Internet to sign up...
  • Would They Vote for Barabbas Again? [VOTF]

    08/19/2002 1:09:00 PM PDT · by Akron Al · 49 replies · 267+ views
    http://www.catholicity.com/ ^ | August 19, 2002 | Dan Coyne
    Would They Vote for Barabbas Again? by Dan Coyne "Give us Barabbas," the crowd roared. And with that, the majority had spoken and our Savior was handily defeated in a democratically conducted election. Christ's lopsided electoral loss ought to have been enough to convince anyone that eternal truths cannot be determined simply by a majority vote. As St. Augustine once noted, "Wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it; right is right even if no one is doing it. But bad ideas never seem to go out of style, which is why organizations like Voice of the Faithful will...
  • Laity seeking answers find their Voice in group (Voice of the Faithful)

    05/26/2002 6:48:22 AM PDT · by maryz · 21 replies · 149+ views
    Boston Sunday Herald | May 26, 2002 | Eric Convey
    A routine is settling in on Monday nights at St. John the Evangelist parish in Wellesley, where hundreds of Roman Catholics have been gathering to discuss ways to 9invrease their say in church affairs. Dr. James Muller, the Nobel Prize-winning physician who serves as president of Voice of the Faithful, gives a brief, PowerPoint presentation to the crowd, composed each week of newcomers. He tells a joke or two. The line about the woman who wants to gauge his orthodoxy by asking whether he and his wife use birth control always draws laughter. Next, someone leads the group in song...
  • Is 'Voice of the Faithful'Unfaithful to Catholic Principles?

    07/23/2002 8:47:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies · 806+ views
    MassNews ^ | July 22, 2002
    The largest story on the front page of yesterday's Boston Globe was about the lay reform group known as "Voice of the Faithful" which met on Saturday at the Hynes Auditorium with 4,000 people from across the country in attendance.The group started in Wellesley in the basement of St. John the Evangelist Church just five months ago, after the sexual scandals appeared. It was begun by a well known activist, cardiologist James E. Muller, who was a member of a group which won the Nobel peace prize in 1985 for its work against U.S. policy on the nuclear bomb, The...
  • When Wolves Dress Like Sheep: A Close Look at Voice of the Faithful

    08/08/2002 11:46:15 AM PDT · by Polycarp · 8 replies · 100+ views
    CRISIS Magazine - e-Letter ^ | 8/8/02 | Deal Hudson
    When Wolves Dress Like Sheep: A Close Look at Voice of the Faithful CRISIS Magazine - e-Letter August 8, 2002 ********************************************** Dear Friend, Lately, we've been hearing a lot about a group called Voice of the Faithful (VOTF). The media's coverage is invariably positive, playing up the group's proactive stance towards renewing the Church and holding bishops accountable for their actions. Now, I tend to be suspicious of any Catholic group the mainstream media supports. And as I began to take a closer look at VOTF, it became pretty clear that it's not as "faithful" as it claims. What it...
  • When Wolves Dress Like Sheep: A Close Look at Voice of the Faithful

    08/10/2002 9:14:54 AM PDT · by Evangelium Vitae · 1 replies · 163+ views
    Crisis Magazine e-letter ^ | August 8, 2002 | Deal Hudson
    When Wolves Dress Like Sheep: A Close Look at Voice of the FaithfulCRISIS Magazine - e-Letter August 8, 2002Dear Friend,Lately, we've been hearing a lot about a group called Voice of the Faithful (VOTF). The media's coverage is invariably positive, playing up the group's proactive stance towards renewing the Church and holding bishops accountable for their actions. Now, I tend to be suspicious of any Catholic group the mainstream media supports. And as I began to take a closer look at VOTF, it became pretty clear that it's not as "faithful" as it claims. What it boils down to...
  • Voice of Faithful - "wolf in sheep's clothing".

    09/25/2002 6:02:35 AM PDT · by A. Pole · 5 replies · 90+ views
    Massachusetts News ^ | October 2002 | Ed Oliver
    'Voice of Faithful' Defies Attendees, Launches Worcester Affiliate By Ed Oliver October 2002 Print Edition About 75 Catholics attended a tumultuous meeting September 18 at Holy Cross College to vote on a motion to establish a "Voice of the Faithful" affiliate for the Worcester Diocese. But despite a vote that failed to approve it, organizers started the affiliate anyway. Voice of the Faithful is a rapidly-spreading movement of lay Catholics that ostensibly seeks to hold Bishops accountable for their actions. It has received positive reviews in the mainstream media, but critics of the group point out that many of those...
  • "Voice of the Faithful" Shows Its Stripes

    10/03/2002 2:25:40 PM PDT · by Polycarp · 13 replies · 98+ views
    CRISIS Magazine - e-Letter | 10/3/02 | Deal hudson
    "Voice of the Faithful" Shows Its Stripes CRISIS Magazine - e-Letter October 3, 2002 ********************************************** Dear Friend, There was quite a flurry in the news yesterday involving our favorite dissident group, Voice of the Faithful (VOTF). It seems that yet another bishop has banned a VOTF affiliate from meeting in a North Andover, Massachusetts parish. Auxiliary Bishop Emilio S. Allue from the Boston Archdiocese wrote that "the activities and promotion of the VOTF must be curtailed in order to avoid further scandal and polarity among our parishioners," emphasizing that the archdiocese would need "clarification of all hidden and open issues...
  • The Sex Abuse Lobby, the Bishops and VOTF

    09/23/2002 10:03:52 AM PDT · by Land of the Irish · 8 replies · 52+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | Sunday, Sept. 22, 2002 | Fred Martinez
    On Aug. 21, the Washington Times reported that the U.S. Catholic Bishops' sex abuse advisers are "people who have covered up ... sex between men and children." Moreover, these advisers have had close association with "experts" who "defended sex between men and children." "The bishops recently chose Dr. Paul McHugh, former chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at John Hopkins University School of Medicine, as chief behavioral scientist for their new clergy sex crimes review board," the Reisman-Jarrard report in the Times said. "Yet Dr. McHugh once said Johns Hopkins' Sexual Disorders Clinic, which treats molesters, was...
  • Voice of the Faithful is not the church

    09/07/2002 3:05:01 AM PDT · by maryz · 15 replies · 247+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 9/6/2002 | John Mallon
    <p>THE RECENT scandals in the Catholic Church have created a free-for-all for those who wish to vent against the church. They employ cliches over facts and agendas over genuine healing. It is one thing to criticize the bishops' handling of this affair, but it is another to continually bash teachings that Catholics believe come to us from Christ.</p>
  • A CHANGING CHURCH

    08/31/2002 5:31:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies · 176+ views
    USA TODAY ^ | August 28, 2002 | Cathy Lynn Grossman
    Almost every mention of the Catholic Church today leads immediately to the child sexual abuse scandal. Though most of the nation's 63 million Catholics say their faith is unshaken, the institutional church may be sailing for the rocks. Not so, say scholars, commentators and leading Catholic clergy. They see significant changes under way that will revitalize the U.S. church. Among the leading influences for change are immigration; a new activism among the laity; and the revival of traditional piety and devotions among small but thriving new Catholic movements. Here's a closer look.Immigrants make their mark"Thirty years from now, all of...