Although the conviction of Msgr. William Lynn today in Philadelphia of child endangerment is a sad day for the Catholic Church, the conviction at least imposes a measure of accountability on the Church hierarchy for covering up the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy. Even sadder, it was secular authority that had to seek justice instead of the Church being completely forthcoming years ago. See VOTF statement.
The election for four new members to VOTF's Board of Trustees has been completed. Two hundred fifty-three members voted in this election. The results are as follows:
Pat Gomez -- 202
Edward Greenan -- 191
Phil Megna -- 189
Margaret Roylance -- 188
Gaile Pohlhaus -- 114
(Note that fewer than the maximum 1,008 total votes were accumulated because some voters selected fewer than the four allowed per voter.)
Last October, Terry McKiernan of BishopAccountability.org gave a presentation with the above name to Louisville, Kentucky, VOTF and SNAP members about why the abuse crisis in the Catholic Church is as bad today, if not worse, than in years past. VOTF Louisville has just condensed the talk and posted it to Youtube and you may view it by clicking here.
VOTF members and affiliates are invited to submit names for the 2012 national Priest of Integrity Award and for the St. Catherine of Siena Distinguished Lay Person Award. Both awards will be presented at the Voice of the Faithful 10th Year Conference in September.