Don’t Miss This Extra Forum on Oct. 20 at the Convention in Providence!

Child Protection Forum: Survivors Perspective
Light fare and beverages served
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
All are welcome!

Room 552 at the Convention Center

One of survivors' biggest concerns is protecting children today. SNAP National Director David Clohessy and Outreach Director Barbara Dorris will report on the state of child protection in churches today and tomorrow. They'll offer a somewhat different analysis of the continuing crisis and its roots. And they'll offer a “tool kit” of options for advocacy and action, including concrete steps anyone can take to attract new members and motivate current members of reform organizations. Attendees will be encouraged to discuss, question and participate.

VOTF National Notes

Disciples in ActionYet another reason to join VOTF in Providence RI for the third VOTF national convention “Disciples in Action” is to hear from other lay people: How are others uncovering and acting on their own responses to the needs of our Church?

One such person you will want to meet is VOTF member Richard Taylor. Richard will be at the Providence RI Convention with his new book Love in Action. He will be ready for signing your copy and chatting about the confluence of reform and gospel nonviolence and its significance for VOTF and other reform-oriented efforts. Former VOTF president Jim Post said of Love in Action:

"Nearly all of us understand the meaning of love. Many of us understand the meaning of ‘tough love.’ But do we understand the importance of love united with action? Richard Taylor helps us turn our love of Catholic faith and gospel values into ‘love in action.’ He is first and foremost a teacher, and his lifetime of nonviolent action to secure social justice is inspirational. In this book, he teaches us how to be true to our deepest beliefs in Jesus, in justice, and the gift of using our knowledge and faith to make a difference. Every Catholic can use this book in their daily life."

See the link to Dick’s website and testimonials from Bishop Gumbleton, Chris Schenk and Fr. Tom Doyle at SITE-Seeing, Etc.

DIOCESE/State Watch

News Alert: Orange County CA – Associated Press reports, “A judge began criminal contempt-of-court proceedings Tuesday against the Roman Catholic bishop of Orange County in a highly unusual hearing that marks the first time a U.S. bishop could face jail time in the church sex abuse scandal.

Bishop Tod D. Brown waived his arraignment for allegedly violating a court order when he sent Msgr. John Urell, a high-ranking church official, out of the country before he could complete his testimony in a lawsuit. He could face a range of punishments from a verbal reprimand to jail time if found in contempt.” Read the AP story.

Read more inside at DIOCESE/State Watch.

SURVIVOR Community News:

To read an excerpt of the “New York Law Journal” report on Marci Hamilton’s Call to Action to Expand Time for Abuse Claims, click here. VOTF president Mary Pat Fox attended the gathering on Sept. 25 and reported to Vineyard readers in the Sept. 27 issue.

AFFILIATE Highlights:

Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) of Palm Beach County will sponsor a conference entitled “The Real Costs of the Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church” on November 10, 2007 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Unity of the Palm Beaches, 1957 South Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL. The featured speakers will be Mr. Jason Berry and Rev. Thomas Doyle. Read more under AFFILIATE News.

VOTF Philadelphia has booked a talk with Bishop Geoffrey Robinson: The Sydney, Australia bishop spoke out recently on behalf of Catholic Church reform and will be visiting the US along with his new book Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church. The Bishop has said that the Catholic Church is more interested in managing the clergy abuse crisis than confronting it. Read more about Bishop Geoffrey Robinson.

CONTINUING a VOTF Winchester Area (MA) Tradition, the Winchester Area affiliate is proud to present a brand new line of Christmas cards! All proceeds from the sale of these cards will benefit survivors of clergy sexual abuse. Cards sell for just $15 for a package of 12 cards. We are selling 4 different cards, and you can buy either 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 in 1 of 3 ways: 1) at one of the VOTF tables at the Providence convention; 2) at any of our weekly affiliate meetings on Monday nights; or 3) by visiting our 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.

Correction: The link to the book Voices of the Faithful, noted in the Sept. 27 issue, was incorrect. For the correct link click here. We apologize to readers for the inconvenience and thank you for catching it!

VOTF member Richard Taylor’s new book Love in Action: A Direct Action Handbook for Catholics Using Gospel Nonviolence to Reform and Renew the Church is being praised by many committed to the work of reform. Fr. Tom Doyle said of the book, “[Here is a] way to dispel the doubt and replace it with hope among Catholics hoping for significant reform in the institutional church in the face of serious opposition to progress." Bishop Gumbleton finds that “Love in Action teaches us how to make our Church, which dares to teach justice, itself just.” FutureChurch director Chris Schenk said that Love in Action “contains vitally important tools for building a more effective church reform movement.” Read more about Richard’s book and his nonviolence stance at his website. And look for a review of Love in Action in an upcoming Vineyard.

Read more inside at SITE-Seeing, Etc.

QUOTE for our time: “We have a Church where fear dominates. The bishops are afraid of the Rome (of the Pope, the Curia, the nuncios). The priests are afraid of the bishops. The laity is afraid of authoritarian priests. The result is a Church closed in upon itself, and totally cut off from the world." From the FutureChurch Summer 2007 newsletter quoting Chilean theologian Pablo Richard who spoke at a public lecture during the time of the Latin American bishops meeting in the Spring of 2007. .


In the Vineyard
October 14, 2007

Volume 6, Issue 19
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