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Two to Receive St. Catherine of Siena Distinguished Layperson Award During Voice of the Faithful 10th Year Conference in Boston

NEWTON, Mass., Aug. 10, 2012 – Two Roman Catholic lay people will receive Voice of the Faithful’s® St. Catherine of Siena Distinguished Layperson of the Year Award during VOTF’s 10th Year Conference in Boston next month. This recognition represents only the fourth and fifth times in its 10-year history VOTF has presented the award.

The recipients are authors and educators Joseph F. O’Callaghan, Ph.D., Norwalk, Conn., and Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D., Hempstead, N.Y.

Monsignor William Lynn's Sentencing in Philadelphia Plays Up Contrasts between Church & Penn State Scandals

Msgr. William Lynn, the highest ranking Roman Catholic Church official to be found guilty of covering up crimes against children in the Church's decades-old clergy sexual abuse scandal has received a sentence of up to six years in prison for child endangerment in that he transferred pedophile priests secretly. With Lynn’s conviction, the contrasts between the handling of sex abuse scandals by the Church and Pennsylvania State University, a secular institution, stand out sharply.

Voice of the Faithful National Statement -- Lynn’s Sentencing Plays Up Contrasts between Church & Penn State Scandals

NEWTON, Mass., July 24, 2012 – The highest ranking Roman Catholic Church official to be found guilty of covering up crimes against children in the Church's decades-old clergy sexual abuse scandal was sentenced today in a Philadelphia court. Msgr. William Lynn, former head of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia office for making priest assignments, was sentenced to up to six years in prison for child endangerment in that he transferred pedophile priests secretly.

OOPS!! Early Conference Registration Deadline Extended

You now have until this Friday, July 20, to take advantage of the reduced-rate registration to our 10th Year Conference.

Over the weekend, we encountered a technical glitch that temporarily delayed some efforts to register online for the 10th Year Conference. All is well now. But in fairness to those who tried to take advantage of our reduced-rate conference registration, we're EXTENDING THE DEALINE TO JULY 20.

We apologize for any inconvenience to those who tried to register earlier.

Share Your Voice ! ! ! ! !

Do you have photos or videos of VOTF events over the past 10 years? As we prepare our VOTF at 10 video, which debuts at our 10th Year Conference in September in Boston, we would like to see and share images of VOTF in action: funny or reverent, fellowship or activism, spiritual or celebratory. Please contact Nick Ingala at nickingala@votf.org if you have media you could send us. Thanks.

Prophetic Voices Comment on Church & Vatican Condemnation of Nun Theologian

“On the evidence of current events, this ‘socially constituted,’ hierarchically regimented, dogmatically policed, and clerically asphyxiated community called church increasingly signifies hurt and pain for some people of God on account of their vulnerability, silence and intimidation for others on account of their honest engagement in the venerable task of fides quarens intellectum, and exclusion and marginalization for many, very many, on account of their gender, race, or social location.

VOTF News Release -- Voice of the Faithful Plans 10th Year Conference in Boston

NEWTON, Mass., June 18, 2012 – The worldwide Catholic Church reform movement Voice of the Faithful, which started in 2002 in outrage and dismay that the Church’s power structure had kept clergy sexual abuse of children secret, is marking its tenth year with a conference in Boston this September. The event is expected to draw supporters from across the United States and Europe.

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