This Easter of 2013 is one of long overdue hope and promise for everyone!
First, our Catholic brethren worldwide are welcoming a new Pope. Pope Francis so far has emphasized social justice and helping the poor. We see in the justice he seeks the potential for closure to the clergy sexual abuse scandal throughout the world, and this gives us hope. He also has avoided regal pomp and has indicated he may address problems in the Curia.
As part of our continuing work to share spiritual growth, we present a Good Friday reflection from Carlotta Gilarde, csj, a long-time member of Voice of the Faithful.
Sister Carlotta reflects on characters within the Passion story: Simon, Veronica, the women along the path, Nicodemus, Joseph of Arimetha, the women and the beloved disciple at the Cross. Using their stories, she ponders how we must make Easter possible for us today.
NEWTON, Mass., Mar. 21, 2013 – Voice of the Faithful®, a worldwide movement seeking reform of Roman Catholic Church governance, has named Jayne O’Donnell of West Hartford, Conn., as its new development coordinator.
On Tuesday, March 19, 2013, Pope Francis was installed officially as the leader of the Roman Catholic Church. We join Catholics worldwide to pray for Pope Francis, for our Church and for a welcomed and honored place for lay voices. And we offer the following Prayer of St. Francis for Pope Francis, as always, in Jesus' name --
Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi
BOSTON, Mass., Mar. 13, 2013 – As the smoke clears from the top of the Sistine Chapel, the immense apparatus that is the Roman Catholic Church lurches forward under new leadership. Voice of the Faithful®, as a movement of progressive Catholics, is most interested in where it’s going.
“We hope Pope Francis will listen to the lay men and women in the 21st century,” said Mark Mullaney, VOTF president.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley, among cardinals who will elect Benedict XVI’s successor, appears to be following a better path as a diocesan leader, according to the Boston Area Council of Voice of the Faithful®. “We value the contributions he’s made in Rome so far,” said VOTFBAC chair Anne Southwood of Marshfield.