Keep the Faith, Change the Church.

National Statement -- Voice of the Faithful Challenges U.S. Bishops to Follow Martin & O’Malley’s Lead

NEWTON, Mass., Mar. 2, 2011 – Voice of the Faithful, the worldwide organization working for Roman Catholic Church reform, challenges U.S. bishops to follow the example of Irish Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Cardinal Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, who led a “Liturgy of Lament and Repentance,” Feb. 20, in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland.

For First Time, Church Official Charged with Sex Abuse Cover-up

Earlier this month, a grand jury reported the Archdiocese of Philadelphia grossly mishandled clergy sexual abuse cases. Thirty-seven priests still in ministry were implicated. To-date, five have been charged with crimes. Monsignor William Lynn, former head of the archdiocese's Office of Clergy, was charged with child endangerment, believed to be the first time a church official has been charged with covering up sexual abuse by priests. Three priests and a lay teacher have been charged with rape and related crimes. The media repeatedly reported on the situation.

Save the Dates -- VOTF National Meeting & ACC Synod

Voice of the Faithful's 2011 National Meeting takes place June 10, just before the American Catholic Council's "Celebrating the Spirit of Vatican II" synod, June 10-12. Both are in Detroit, Michigan. VOTF's meeting will feature president Dan Bartley, Voices in Action team presentations and author Jason Berry on his new book about financial malfeasance in the Church and will conclude early enough for attendees to get to the ACC's opening program. ACC's synod has been two years in the making.

Theologian Memorandum on Church Reform Calls for Participation of Faithful in all Areas of the Church

"We address all those who have not yet given up hope for a new beginning in the Church and are committing themselves to this." This is the message of Church 2011: A Need for a New Beginning, a memorandum calling for Church reform and signed to-date by 247 university thologians from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and other European countries.

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