For Immediate Release
VOTF DEPLORES MISREPRESENTATIONS OF ITS ACTIONS
Voice of the Faithful has been falsely connected to CT Bill 1098
March 19, 2009 –
The situation in
in part due to the mismanagement of clergy, accountability will be an obvious issue. When numerous cases of financial mal-administration come to light, as they have in parish after parish in recent years, transparency also becomes a major issue. Ultimately, both issues point to questions about parish governance.
In response, many organizations have put forward proposals and suggestions about how to improve administration and governance in the Catholic Church. It is in the light of such views and debate that the limited support from the VOTF
We do, however, encourage open discussions about solutions to the many challenges facing our church today. Our shared commitment is to identifying better ways to run the temporal affairs of the Church so as to ensure that financial mismanagement (lay and clerical), sex abuse, cover-ups and other malfeasance does not occur. We believe that all Catholics should participate in the continuing discussions about these important matters.
That being said, it is indefensible for some media outlets to defame VOTF and damage its reputation by repeating false claims such as: VOTF wrote the CT bill—we did not. Or VOTF supports the ordination of women—we do not; we call for examination of all the roles women fill in the Church. Or VOTF is engaged in a dispute with the hierarchy about sexual morality, academic freedom, and reproductive rights—no, we are not, and we never will because our mission and goals have absolutely nothing to do with sexual matters, other than objecting to clergy sex abuse, or academic with freedom.
Media outlets reporting these claims should retract such clearly false statements. They cannot claim that they are misinformed about the facts.
Formed in 2002 in response to the clergy abuse scandal, Voice of the Faithful members are devoted members of the Catholic Church. According to researchers at