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VOTF Agrees Conspiracy Memo in Priests’ Case “Shocking”

A newly discovered memo proves Philadelphia archdiocesan officials engaged in a conspiracy to cover up clergy sexual abuse in 1994. The memo also proves Voice of the Faithful’s long-held contention that Church hierarchy have covered up clergy sexual abuse to protect the Church’s reputation and assets at the expense of child victims.

Read Voice of the Faithful's full statement here...

VOTF National Statement -- Voice of the Faithful Agrees Conspiracy Memo in Priests' Case "Shocking"

NEWTON, Mass., Feb. 28, 2012 – A newly discovered memo proves Philadelphia archdiocesan officials engaged in a conspiracy to cover up clergy sexual abuse in 1994. The memo also proves the Catholic Church reform group Voice of the Faithful’s long-held contention that Church hierarchy have covered up clergy sexual abuse to protect the Church’s reputation and assets at the expense of child victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Lenten Reflections

A note from our Voices in Action Spiritual & Communal Growth Team:

Lent can be a gift of time, a gift we can only give to ourselves.

Lent is a time to take the time: time for stillness, for listening, for prayer.

It is an acknowledgment that God is always present, and a consenting to that presence. 

It is listening for God’s whisper in our souls.

Voice of the Faithful National Statement -- Catholic Church Reform Movement Voice of the Faithful Cautions Hierarchy

World's Catholic Church leaders meet at Rome Symposium on Clergy Sexual Abuse Feb. 6

NEWTON, Mass., Jan. 24, 2012 -- The Roman Catholic Church has yet to develop an effective worldwide response to clergy child sexual abuse, even though widespread abuse was evident by the mid-1990s, exploded into crisis in the United States in 2002 and in the past few years has proven to be epidemic around the world. Church leaders worldwide will attend a symposium in Rome Feb. 6 to discuss such a response.

Where to Find Academic/Government Reports on Clergy Sex Abuse

We have gathered the various reports conducted by academic and government investigators and placed links to those reports on one of our web pages. You can see the page link on the left, in our site menu--it's labeled "Government and Academic Reports" so it's easy to find.

Latest addition to this page is the report from The Netherlands and what the Commission of Inquiry found there. So far only the summary is available in PDF format.

After 10 Years of Clergy Sexual Abuse Headlines Voice of the Faithful Sees No Certainty Children Are Safe

"More than 130 people had come forward to tell their stories of childhood sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priest Fr. John Geoghan, reported The Boston Globe on Jan. 6, 2002.
 
"Over the next decade, around the world and as recently as last month in The Netherlands, came revelations that thousands of Catholic priests had abused tens of thousands of children in the last half of the 20th Century.
 

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