The Laity Have Spoken!
faithful call for ‘accountability now’ is
a call to keep memory and body, body and members together.
Re-membering the church is about literally reconnecting
the body to itself, to all its parts and members. It
is about integrating its history and healing its memories.
It is about making the body whole.” Francine
Cardman, in her keynote address to the VOTF Indianapolis
July 9, 2005
Indianapolis Convocation drew over 500 attendees and
a broad sweep of media coverage; VOTF commissioned
a new National Representative Council; attendees committed
to an agenda for action; liturgy framed the weekend
and grounded the work ahead; speakers Francine Cardman,
Paul Lakeland, Anne Burke, David Castaldi, Gaile Pohlhaus
and Jim Post made the case again for lay voices; our
Working Groups recapped three years of work; Justice
Anne Burke accepted VOTF’s first Catherine of
Siena Distinguished Lay Person Award; Fr. Tom Doyle
presented Msgr. Lawrence Breslin of OH with the Voice
of the Faithful 2005 Priest of Integrity Award; more
in Convocation Notes in this issue. Most commonly asked
question from attendees: When can we do this again?
Resurrection Tapes has it all at www.resurrectiontapes.com.
a post-Convocation discussion by e-mailing your interest
for the Protection of Children and Young People and Norms
(Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing
with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests
or Deacons) are on the VOTF web site.
to get in touch with your NEW Council representative?
Office Memo - Suzanne Morse has left her position in
VOTF Communications for new challenges. Read
new Executive Director (ten weeks old!) is still
catching his breath but Ray Joyce has already formed
one solid impression of VOTF - Read More.
Read VOTF president Jim
Post’s address to SNAP’s annual conference in June
- Sen. Rick
Santorum, PA seems to think the sexual abuse crisis
is an understandable outcome of "Boston
liberalism." VOTF president Jim Post disagrees
and says so.
Spring meeting of Catholic bishops in Ontario,
Canada left many observers appalled. Read more.
thanks to Terry McKiernan of BishopAccountability.org
for making Faith Betrayed, an important
series about the Lafayette IN diocese, available
site in time for our Indianapolis convocation.
These articles are not available anywhere else.
- HEADS UP!!! A study on Voice of the Faithful as a Social
Movement in the Catholic Church has been completed.
A Boston College symposium is slated for Sunday October
Once again, VOTF Winchester, MA offers Christmas in
July with their popular series of Christmas cards – sales
to benefit survivors. You can order today!
- Ohio and Louisiana join the states extending statutes
of limitation on the reporting of sexual abuse
Boston VOTF is working on an action plan called the “Boston
- Carolyn Disco – “Jim Post and Common Ground – A
Clerical Culture: Contradiction and Transformation by
Michael L. Papesh
Survivors of Predator Priests - J. M. Handlin,
| For an overview of press coverage of
of the month: “Participation is the norm.
Exclusion is the problem.” Francine Cardman, July
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