NEWTON, Mass., Dec. 21, 2010 – Fresh, seemingly daily, revelations of clergy sexual abuse continue roiling the worldwide Roman Catholic Church and have prompted Voice of the Faithful (http://www.votf.org) to reaffirm its 10-step program to help resolve the scandal and institute church reforms.
Although our Virtual Candle-lighting ended with Thanksgiving, you may view the prayers and intentions submitted until the first week of January. We thank all of you for joining together in this shared "virtual prayer."
NEWTON, Mass., Dec. 16, 2010 – Hundreds of Voice of the Faithful members recently posted prayers like these on the lay Roman Catholic reform organization’s website—
NEWTON, Mass., Dec. 14, 2010 – Two women who reported losing their positions because of discrimination have received the first grants awarded by the Voice of the Faithful’s Emily & Rosemary Fund for Women in the Church. The $10,000 grants were awarded to Carolyn Johnson, Ed.D., of Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., and Karen DeFilippis of Colleyville, Texas.
In the spirit of the season, our Voices in Action Spiritual & Communal Growth team and our Winchester (MA) affiliate are making available a "Christmas Anticipation Service" -- a prayer service organized around the O Antiphons to help us focus on the coming celebration. Bill Murphy put together the service for St. Eulalia's VOTF in Winchester, and the S&CG Team edited it for general use. You can download the document (a PDF file) from the VOTF web site.
We have added a new voice to those we list on our Prophetic Voices page: the vice chancellor of the Milwaukee diocese who called on his fellow priests to stand up for complete accountability on clergy sex abuse, and asked his bishop to release all related documents.
A brief update on important issues, as we work together to Keep the Faith, Change the Church.