The Vatican’s recent statement that the Congregation of Bishops has found “no objective reason to preclude” Juan Madrid Barros’ appointment as bishop of Osorno, Chile, is extremely disheartening to Catholic Church reform movement Voice of the Faithful, especially in light of the promise of Francis’ papacy for a more accountable, collegial Church.
VOTF's 2015 National Assembly takes place on Saturday, April 18, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The featured speaker is a clergy sexual abuse survivor who pioneered child protection standards and is now an advisor to Pope Francis. Workshops range from a new process for healing the People of God from the clergy sexual abuse scandal, to a case study in the good, bad, and confusing in diocesan finances, to lay input options for the 2015 bishops "family life" synod. Make hotel reservations NOW by clicking here because the dicount on rooms at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Hartford will be available only until April 1.
Interactive workshops are a great way to exercise collegiality and come to a consensus of opinion around important issues. And we're exicted about the worskhops taking place at the VOTF 2015 National Assembly. Click here for a description of each workshop. If you already have registered for the 2015 National Assembly, click here to select your workshops. If you haven't registered for the Assembly, click here and follow the directions on our Assembly webpage.
Bishop Barros was a close assoicate of Rev. Fernando Karadima, whom the Vatican found guilty of sexual abuse.
Recent news of the chaotic scene in the Santiago, Chile, cathedral during the installation of Bishop Juan Barros brings to mind how the laity in the early Church made opinions about their bishops known.
It's your money. Not just because YOU donate it to the Church, but because you donate expecting it to be used responsibly for charitable purposes. Margaret Roylance invites you to attend her workshop at the VOTF 2015 National Assembly in Hartford on April 18.