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places to which they have been scattered.” Ezekiel
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National comments on the USCCB’s under
funded Causes and Context Study and the seeming “witch
hunt” conducted on US seminaries by the
- The USCCB web site has posted
the text (PDF) of “Concerning the Criteria
for the Discernment of Vocations with Regard to Persons
with Homosexual Tendencies in View of their Admission
to the Seminary and to Holy Orders.”
and a statement from USCCB (PDF)
president Bishop Skylstad.
perspective on the November 2005 USCCB meeting – Marci
Hamilton asks “Has the Catholic Church put the
clergy abuse crisis behind them?” Hamilton says, “Not
by a long shot.”; also see the lead editorial
in the Nov. 25 issue of National
Pohlhaus, national secretary for VOTF, comments on
reference by Church leadership to homosexuals
as “objectively disordered.” Read “A
Disordered Objective” in Commentary.
John Kinkel, VOTF Michigan, asks in an open letter
Benedict XVI. See Commentary – “Why
Isn’t Celibacy Enough?” Reprinted with permission
from the Los Angeles Times.
remarkable coalition of Christians and Jews gathered
on 11/27 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
to protest the leaked Vatican instruction that appears
to link the abuse crisis in the Catholic Church to homosexuality.
Organizers planned their peaceful protest to coincide
with the arrival of the seminary Visitation Team at St.
Charles Borromeo Seminary. See “Walking
the Talk in Philadelphia.”
USCCB initiated a “Response and Prevention
Project” under the Office of Child and
Youth Protection. Its findings are on the USCCB
web site. What do you think? Write
Priests of integrity continue
to speak out: In Mesa, AZ, a priest resigns in protest
anti-gay positions” coming from his bishop and the
here; one priest has found a different way
to stay – on his own terms. Read
gay priest speaks out. Jesuit priest Fr. Thomas J.
O’Brien’s decided to “come out as
a gay priest.” Read his statement in Commentary – “A
Flawed and Disordered Document”). It was sent to
Voice of the Faithful and also appeared in the Detroit
VOTF notes the 25th anniversary of the
deaths of Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke and
Ita Ford, Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel and Lay
Missioner Jean Donovan at the hands of Salvadoran
government troops on December 2, 1980. VOTF
Boston has been publicizing a memorial
Eucharist on Sunday, December 4 at Boston College,
2 pm, St. Ignatius Church. Let us know how your
faith community remembered Maura, Ita, Dorothy,
and Jean. Write to email@example.com.
anniversary of the churchwomen’s deaths
will be marked internationally with a four-day
commemoration in El Salvador, as well as events
in Rome, Washington, DC, Chicago, and at both
the Ursuline Sisters’ convent in Cleveland
and the Maryknoll headquarters in Ossining, NY.
NEWS from National -
VOTF National Representative Council reports that Campaign
2006 is taking shape; VOTF
member Bill Casey reports on the filming of “Twist
of Faith” during the NRC meeting weekend in Arlington,
VA; VOTF officer nominations and elections are fast approaching.
See details; VOTF National Office to commence a monthly
communications conference call in order to identify and,
eventually, media train VOTF spokespeople from around the
US. Communications manager John Moynihan provides details
for interested members.
Ohio faces a struggle over SB 17 in the Ohio State House
of Representatives. The state Senate unanimously
approved this legislation last Spring, extending the statute
of limitations to 20 years for victims to file civil charges
against their alleged abuser. The bill was originally introduced
to require clergy and church officials to report suspected
abuse or neglect of a child; it was facing opposition as
the House Judiciary Committee hearing approached on Nov.
22. See Kris Ward’s background remarks and update
in Commentary – “Civil
and Not So Civil.” Also, check SNAP’s
web site for updates.
Litzler of the St. Chris affiliate has arranged for
of “Twist of Faith” to run
from Dec. 9 to Dec. 15 at the Detroit Theater in Lakewood.
Call 216-521-2245. SNAP is a co-sponsor. Visit www.votfcleveland.org
Maine member and mother of a survivor won a settlement
out of court in her case against the Portland, Maine
archdiocese. Read her statement in
Commentary –“ In
Boston, MA legislative update: Contrary
to expectations, SB 2313 did not make it
to the floor
on the last day of the House session Nov.
16, 2005. Supporters, however, are calling it “victory delayed” and
will focus their energies on the next session.
[For some background on this
legislative effort, see the Nov. 17 issue of In the Vineyard.]
Anchorhold in the diocese of Los Angeles, CA has
joined a coalition including Stones of Silence and Survivors
of Silence. Representatives gathered on Nov. 22 at the
Archdiocese office to deliver a letter to Cardinal Roger
Mahony. An incident involving survivors being physically
bullied outside of a local Catholic Church brought these
representatives together asking the Cardinal to direct
all Archdiocese Churches to openly decry the recent violence
against victims and supporters of clergy sexual abuse. Read
- “A federal prosecutor has ended a probe of the
protection of sexually abusive priests by the Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Boston without seeking indictments of
former top officials, including William Murphy, now bishop
of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, and Cardinal Bernard
Law, who resigned as Boston archbishop almost three years
ago.” VOTF Long Island, NY’s Dan Bartley
asks, “At what point does Rome become responsible
for allowing someone with Bishop Murphy’s background
to remain in office?” See full story in Newsday ;
and in the Boston
Globe, Anne Barrett Doyle of
BishopAccountability.org noted, "At the very
least, you would think that someone who falsifies
information in a federal document
to allow a credibly accused priest to get a government
job should be moved from a position of authority."
Cardman, professor of Church History at Weston Jesuit
School of Theology, spoke at a rally organized
by Our Lady’s Friends outside Holy Cross Cathedral,
Boston – seat of the Boston Archdiocese. Read Francine’s
remarks, as well as others who spoke, and see photos
of this “very red” rally – go to the Our
Lady’s Friends web site.
Brazil sexual abuse crisis just emerging – See National
Alerts - The need for heightened vigilance is
evident as news reports of accusations and convictions
of priests and others working with young people continue
to occupy the nation’s media. See news items from
the Joliet, Ill.; Bedford, Mass., and Phoenix, Ariz; do
you have your Christmas Cards? Support
survivors and greet the season with these original-art
cards. Visit the VOTF
Winchester web site at www.votfwinchester.org or
contact Bob Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SITE-Seeing reminders: BishopAccountability.org is
internationally recognized as a document resource. Also,
check in with SNAP.
If you don’t receive National Catholic Reporter,
check their on-line news at www.nationalcatholicreporter.org.
See www.zenit.org for
news as it happens in the Vatican. America magazine
at www.americamagazine.org and Commonweal at www.commonwealmagazine.org are
also valuable resources in our faith community.
QUOTE for our time:
“ Our society is obsessed by sex and the Church should offer a model of
a sane but not compulsive acceptance of sexuality. The Catechism of the Council
of Trent taught that priests should talk about sex ‘with moderation rather
than copiousness.’ We should be more attentive to whom our seminarians
may be inclined to hate than whom they love. Racialism, misogyny and homophobia
would all be signs that someone could not be a good model of Christ.” As
noted by Timothy Radcliffe, OP in The
The next issue of In the Vineyard and the final
issue for 2005 is Thursday, December 15. Copy deadline
Monday, December 12.