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In Case You Missed It ...

In mid-October, Sean O'Conaill from our Ireland affiliate was invited to speak at an all-day gathering of priests in the Killala Diocese. Bishop John Fleming invited Sean to speak about the future of the Church as seen through the eyes of Voice of the Faithful. We shared that news with you via a special email, but in case you missed that note, here is a link to the notes Sean used for his presentation.

Focus - November 4, 2010

Breaking the Time Barrier: A 21st Century Laity Demands Relevance from a Medieval Hierarchy
Vatican II was the first ecumenical council to break away entirely from the juridical model used by the Senate of the Roman Empire. It jettisoned rigid legal categories and focused on being pastoral, practical, personal. This Council changed our lives at almost every level imaginable.
Dr. Anthony Padavano presentation at the Tri-State Voice of the Faithful Conference, Oct. 30, 2010, on

Where Are Credibly Accused Priests Assigned?

After months of analysis, the Chicagoland VOTF affiliate in conjunction with SNAP, the African American Advocates of Clergy Sexual Abuse, and is reporting on how priests credibly accused of sexual abuse in that diocese have been placed in parishes. The pattern shows that the 97 priests who could be tracked served at approximately 60% of the Chicago parishes from 1917 through 2009. More critically, the assignments seem to cluster in the less-wealthy parishes and in those that primarily serve minority communities.