Voice of the Faithful President Mary Pat Fox opens VOTF's 2019 Conference: Creating a Just Church. She is followed immediately by Jayne O'Donnell, former VOTF Trustee and co-facilitator of VOTF's Broken Vessel™ Healing Circle program, who leads conference attendees in an opening prayer.
Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne Burke reflects on her experience with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' National Review Board as chair from 2002 until 2004. Justice Burke says she has lost confidence in the Catholic bishops ability to hold themselves accountable.
Char Rivette, Executive Director of the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center, speaks to the audience about the role ChicagoCAC exercises in helping childhood victims of abuse, as well as prevention initiatives.
VOTF President Mary Pat Fox moderates Grass Roots Panel Discussion with (left to right) Tom Beecher, Buffalo, New York; Susan Vogt and Jan Seidal, Cincinnati, Ohio; and Kathleen Coogan, Washington, D.C. Panel members present their faith communities' responses to clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups and diocesan financial malfeasance.
Margaret Roylance, VOTF trustee and chair of VOTF's Finance Working Group, gives a detailed and insightful summary of VOTF's 2019 Diocesan Survey on Financial Transparency.
Patricia Gomez, VOTF trustee and chair of VOTF's Protection of Children Working Group, presents an exciting plan for a Task Force that will monitor the transparency of each U.S. diocese's child protection protocols, as well as encourage grassroots initiatives to ensure safety in each parish.
Fr. Richard Lennan, professor of theology at Boston College, presents a summary of "To Serve the People of God: Renewing the Conversation on Priesthood and Ministry," which is the product of a 2-year seminar on "Priesthood and Ministry for the Contemporary Church" at Boston College.