Although our faith may be tried by tragedy, like the school shooting in Connecticut, we know we may always pray to God for consolation and support. As our prayers go out to those affected, our hearts cry out with the psalmist:
"Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer! From the ends of the earth I call; my heart grows faint. Raise me up, set me on a rock, for you are my refuge, a tower of strength against the foe. Let me dwell in your tent forever, take refuge in the shelter of your wings." Psalm 61:1-5
NEWTON, Mass., Nov. 30, 2012 – Two incidents on opposite sides of the world have recently underscored the disparity in views on the reform of child sex abuse statutes of limitation, which Roman Catholic Church reform movement Voice of the Faithful® has long sought as a means for abuse victims to receive justice.
The Nuns Justice Project coalition, to which VOTF belongs, is encouraging everyone to send Christmas cards to the Apostolic Nuncio and to U.S. bishops who are charged with implementing the Vatican mandate against the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
NEWTON, Mass., Nov. 11, 2012 -- Bishop Robert Finn of Missouri stands convicted of covering up for a priest caught with thousands of images involving "child sex" on his computer. That this is a travesty is an understatement. That Bishop Finn has not resigned or been removed or even censured by his brother bishops is abhorrent. As U.S. bishops gather for their Fall General Assembly, Nov. 12-15, in Baltimore, Bishop Finn’s situation appears not to have made the agenda.
In response to the organized efforts of the U.S. bishops to define a single permissible "Catholic" position on election issues this year, Voice of the Faithful® issues the following statement:
All Catholics have a primary responsibility to act according to their own consciences. Not the conscience of a bishop. Not the conscience of a parish priest. Not the consciences of neighbors or family members or employers or friends. Your own conscience. You are answerable to God for your own actions. No one else's.
A video of VOTF's entire 10th Year Conference is now available to order. Here's a look at a couple of the highlights: