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In this issue: Letters to the editor comment thoughtfully on the Fr. Tom Doyle/VOTF Board of Trustees dialogue; archdiocesan newsletter publishes a VOTF member’s letter; Joe O’Callaghan of VOTF Bridgeport (CT) offers commentary on “Recovering Our Conciliar Tradition”; a co-author of the recently published American Catholics Today William D’Antonio gave a recent talk that informs, surprises and encourages; VOTF members join others in their faith community to develop their own Triduum service (see Commentary: “Gathering for Triduum”); VOTF NH Carolyn Disco’s Commentary on Legion of Christ founder Father Marcial Maciel’s legacy; the papal visit itinerary is online; and more.


MEET our new officers! Click here for the results of the VOTF National Elections, which closed midnight Feb. 24; click here for recent press releases; see our one-page update “Focus” as we track current problems in our Church alongside signs of progress.

SURVIVOR Community Notes

Bob Schwiderski, VOTF National Representative Council member for Region 8 (ND, SD, MN) and director of SNAP in Minnesota isn’t limiting his efforts to protect children to Catholic Church personnel. This story confirms again the rock and the hard place of forgiveness/rehabilitation and protecting children wherever clergy sexual abuse occurs.


Recovering Our Conciliar Tradition” by Joe O’Callaghan, VOTF Bridgeport CT

“One Man’s Legacy: Farther Marcial Maciel” – Carolyn Disco, VOTF NH


“Gathering for Triduum” – VOTF members working with others to “be Church”

CLARIFICATION: Pertaining to the Feb. 14 Vineyard’s information on the play “DOUBT” – Jackie Donoghue adds this note: The 2004 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play Doubt is being presented at the Tony-Award winning Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park as part of the regular season’s offerings and has a run from March 4 through April 4. It is not a one-performance offering. The Cincinnati and Louisville VOTF affiliates bought a block of tickets (group rates) at the Sunday, March 16 regular evening performance (one of the scheduled 35 performances); they are not “showing” it as one would show a movie for a specialized group. This is live, professional, public theater. The Perspectives presentation is often offered either before or after a play by the actors themselves to help the audience better understand/appreciate the play.

SITE-Seeing, Etc.

April 3-4, 2008: “Gender and Religion: Authority, Power, and Agency” conference sponsored by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and Harvard Divinity School. This is the seventh annual Gender Conference. Click here for registration and program information.

“The Catholic Spirit” is the newsletter for the Archdiocese of St. Paul, Minnesota. Colin Lavergne is a member of the VOTF Twin Cities Steering Committee. His letter, “The Church should help abuse victims find healing, justice” is here.

Dr. William D’Antonio, who co-authored with Anthony Pogorelc Voices of the Faithful: Loyal Catholics Striving for Change (reviewed in the 2/14 issue of In the Vineyard), recently published American Catholics Today: New Realities of Their Faith and Their Church. Click here for a recap of a talk delivered by Bill on the book’s findings is in the Archdiocese of Atlanta “Georgia Bulletin”.

According to a National Catholic Reporter story, “Kentucky’s four Catholic bishops expressed support for a bill in the state Legislature that would stiffen penalties for people in a position of trust who sexually abuse minors and for people who fail to report such abuse.” Read “Bishops favor stiffer penalties”.

Pope Benedict XVI will begin his US visit on April 15. Click here for an overview of his itinerary.

National Catholic Reporter: The December 7, 2007 issue featured a series of articles about the phenomenon of Catholic women seeking and achieving ordination. Whether or not Catholics choose to recognize these ordinations, the phenomenon is significant for the Church in the 21st Century – significant for those invested in Church reform and significant for the institutional Church. You can read the December 7 coverage at (click on Back Issues and go to Dec. 7, 2007) and commentary generated by that coverage at

In the Vineyard
February 28, 2008

Volume 7, Issue 4
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