are called. How do we answer?"
9-10, 2005 Indianapolis, Indiana
I am, Lord. Send me."
will follow in this space monthly and on our
web site at www.votf.org
Praying Together During Lent
Watch - In February 2002, parishioners met
at St. John the Evangelist Church, Wellesley, MA
to discuss revelations of sexual abuse by clergy.
The group would become Voice of the Faithful, the
name adopted by consensus on Feb. 25, 2002.
Watch - Boston, Feb. 7: Paul Shanley, the defrocked
Roman Catholic priest, was convicted of raping
and assaulting a boy while serving as a parish
priest in the 1980s. Click
here for VOTF's response and SNAP's web
site for their response.
on Cincinnati, OH: Click
here for the story of another priest speaking
truth to power. Fr. Tom Bolte reminded his congregation, "We're
called by Christ to constantly love, reach out
and … work together," said Bolte, "and God will
bless us as we do so."
BISHOPS' WORKBOOK IS OURS, TOO
Ward says, "We have unique knowledge at this time.
We are obliged as Catholics to put it to work for
the good of the whole Church."
worked with the same workbook used by the USCCB
as the bishops deliberate proposed revisions
to the Charter - see background information,
the workbook itself with VOTF's proposed edits,
a parish check list for the review of the Charter
to Protect Children and Young People; correspondence
with review committee chair Bishop Harry Flynn;
VOTF vice president Kris Ward led the VOTF Task
Force that prepared the workbook for submission
to the USCCB - read "The
Workbook is Ours, Too"
and convention planning committee for
the second international VOTF gathering in Indianapolis,
IN speak via conference call weekly; see what
you can do
readers still miss Paul Baier's weekly e-mails
in VOTF's beginnings - you can still hear regularly
from Paul via the bishopaccountability.org one-page
newsletter "The Monitor"
Protecting Our Children Working Group announces
The Massachusetts Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
Partnership gathering on March 2. See the workshops
Representative Council meeting recap;
Feb. Council will meet at 10:30 am on Feb. 19
at the Fall River, MA library
VOTF is receiving resumes and beginning to
interview for the position of VOTF Executive
Director; VOTF Office Manager position is open
- contact Rick White at 617-558-5252; also,
a contact is looking for a forensic accountant
- if you can help, please call Rick White at
of a participant in the Structural Change Network
list, here is a link to a survey of the laity
being conducted by US Catholic, a magazine
published by the Claritians. They plan to publish
the results in their April 2005 issue. To have
your ideas included, fill out the survey
Support Working Group encourages readers
to study Boston College Gasson Chair Professor
Jim Keenan's paper "The Ethical Rights of Priests." Here
is the first of a three-part installment. To
obtain a full copy, please send your request
Catholic Reporter must-reads; FADICA -
what is it and why does it matter? And who
said, "Within a sound ecclesiology of communion,
a commitment to creating better structures
of participation, consultation and shared responsibility… (is)
an intrinsic requirement of the exercise of
News - Inside
invited a few of our affiliates to share "birth" dates
and VOTF memorable moments, as VOTF begins
its fourth year; VOTF Brooklyn/Park Slope gathering
received local AND diocesan coverage of their
recent meeting; Fr. Donald Cozzens paints a
feudal picture at VOTF St. Christopher's in
Etc./Affiliate News East: February through
April opportunities remain to hear Professor
of Theology, Boston College, MA Jane Regan
as well as Merrimack College, Padraic O'Hare
speak at the ongoing lecture series "Adult
Education and Faith Formation Program: 2004-2005
of Lynn, North Shore and Seacoast Affiliates"
College's "Church in the 21st Century" has posted
its Spring calendar
News - Ron DuBois reviews Truth and Fiction
in the Da Vinci Code: A Historian Reveals What
We Really Know about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and
Constantine, Bart D. Ehrman, Oxford University
Watch - The
Pontiff in Winter: Triumph and Conflict in
the Reign of John Paul II by John Cornwell
and Heirs of the Fisherman: Behind the Scenes
of Papal Death and Succession by John-Peter
Pham; both are reviewed by James Carroll, author
of Constantine's Sword, for "Washington
Post Book World" here
for upcoming Vineyard review of just-published Good
Catholic Girls - How Women Are Leading the Fight
To Change the Church by Angela Bonavoglia
book remains timely, relevant and thought-provoking:
published in 2001 by AltaMira Press: American
Catholics - Gender, Generation and Commitment by
William V. D'Antonio, James D. Davidson, Dean
R. Hoe and Katherine Meyer, four sociologists
using three national surveys to examine issues
around American Catholicism
and REFLECTION -
COMMENTARY - "Parish
Life Without a Resident Priest/Pastor" is an excellent
overview of current and future parish life. It is
also optimistic! Please read this recap of the VOTF
Seacoast, MA affiliate presentation by Sr. Mary Mazza.
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