Catholics the world over remember the November 16, 1989 El Salvador assassinations of six Jesuits, their housekeeper and her daughter. For information on commemoration plans, go to

In This Issue:
Documented laxity among Chicago IL Jesuits demostrates the ongoing crisis of clergy sexual abuse; SNAP and VOTF join voices in Archdiocese of Rockville Centre NY; Convention Recaps and Order Form for DVDs and tapes; VOTF National Representative Council meeting summary from October 2007 meeting in Providence RI; preliminary 2008 National Officer Elections; and more.


Chicago IL: Another Trajectory of Shame
VOTF issued a press release on reports released indicating “that three separate Catholic institutions and ten Church officials were long aware of the sexual abuse committed by Rev. Donald McGuire S.J. and did little to control him or protect children from him over all those decades.” VOTF has also objected to bail for the priest. For more coverage see these reports.

Rockville Centre, NY
VOTF and SNAP joined voices to protest the use of the pulpit by Bishop Murphy of the Rockville Center diocese of New York during the annual Red Mass to argue against pending legislation that would extend the statute of limitations. has the story.

In a few days, the Nominations Committee will announce the duties and expectations for each Officer position, the criteria for nomination, the nominations schedule, and the process and procedures for determining a slate of candidates.  The Trustees urge you to give prayerful and serious consideration to the core membership responsibility to nominate and elect those whom you feel are best-suited to carry out these critical leadership positions. Read More

USCCB Meeting in Baltimore
VOTF calls on US bishops to "correct" one of their own. See the press release distributed during the USCCB meeting in Baltimore.

Interim reports from the John Jay study on causes and context of the sexual abuse scandal were reported at the USCCB meeting in Baltimore. VOTF calls for continued funding to ensure valid data and analysis.

MORE from “Disciples in Action”

“Women as Disciples throughout Church History” – Edward Greenan

“Dialogue with the Diocese: The Chicago Drama”

Catherine of Siena Award recipient’s acceptance speech is on the VOTF web site. ( See recipient Carolyn Disco’s commentary in New Hampshire’s Union Leader.)

VOTF Loses a Friend

Gerald Renner co-authored with Jason Berry a book that literally reached the Vatican in its dogged tracking of clergy sexual abuse. Vows of Silence remains on the short list of books that document as well as humanize the horrific dimensions of seeking justice when one door after another is shut. Gerald Renner died on Oct. 24. Both Jason and Gerald were familiar faces at many a VOTF and survivor support gathering. Voice of the Faithful extends our condolences to Gerald’s family, friends and colleagues. Read More at National Catholic Reporter. 

For your convenience we have included a DVD/CD order form in this issue of In the Vineyard from Resurrection Tapes.


VOTF Winchester MA continues a 5-year tradition with the sale of a brand new line of Christmas cards to benefit the survivor community benefit survivors of clergy sexual abuse. Cards sell for just $15 for a package of 12 cards. We are selling 4 different cards: You can buy 12 cards with the same design or a mixed package with 3 cards of each of the 4 designs. Each card has the VOTF web address on the back. You can buy cards at any weekly affiliate meeting in Winchester on Monday nights, or by visiting the group’s website, and printing and mailing the order form with your payment. Thank you for your support! If you have any questions, contact Bob Morris at

SITE-Seeing, Etc. 

William A. Barry, S.J., author of several books on prayer, has reviewed Mother Teresa’s book Come Be My Light: The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta in the current issue of America magazine.

Boston VOTF leader Bob Ott corrected the Boston Globe coverage of the Providence RI convention in a letter to the editor.

QUOTE for our time: From Fr. Ken Lasch, 2007 VOTF Priest of Integrity Award recipient commenting “to the Chicago Sun-Times reporter Susan Hogan that ‘religious orders have long argued against ousting predator members on the grounds that society is safer because orders can provide close supervision…the trouble is that they don't, the Chicago Jesuits and McGuire have been slapped with two lawsuits involving three boys in the past 19 years.’”  Read More

In the Vineyard
November 13, 2007

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