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“The Rosary, reclaimed in its full meaning, goes to the very heart of Christian life; it offers a familiar yet fruitful spiritual and educational opportunity for personal contemplation, the formation of the People of God, and the new evangelization.” Apostolic Letter of Pope John Paul II “Rosarium Virginis Mariae” October 16, 2002 (Click here for full text.)

In this Issue:

Fall Actions in the Campaign for Accountability offer something for everyone. It isn’t too late to join one or all of these efforts. Read the petition for accountability and sign on! Rosary meditations are available here. Contact your local affiliate for details on how you can get even more involved.

  • One of the Fall Campaign for Accountability options for our affiliates is to organize one or more group recitations of the Rosary. Where has the rosary been? It was so much a part of pre-Vatican II Catholic prayer life. For an overview, go to the Vatican web site.
  • Financial Accountability in your parish and diocese can begin this Sunday: Tamper-evident collection bags is an idea whose time has come and it is already being used. See Commentary – “Protecting Parish Finances”

The 2007 VOTF Convention will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, RI the weekend of October 19-21, 2007. A committee is just beginning to form so stay tuned and SAVE THE DATE.

DIOCESE/State Watch: VOTF Boston, MA celebrated a legislative victory on criminal SOL reform (also, see Commentary for Steve Krueger’s story on this win that surprised many and provided valuable lessons); in Long Island, NY (Rockville Centre diocese) more than 100 VOTF Long Island members delivered a petition for financial accountability with 7000 signatures to the diocesan offices of Bishop William Murphy; VOTF Bridgeport, CT posted a statement on the tragic parish story of a good priest gone and another priest arrested; the diocese of Columbus, OH presents another example of financial mismanagement; Associated Press reports: “Cardinal Justin Rigali is calling together hundreds of priests in the Philadelphia Archdiocese to hear from two people who were sexually abused by Roman Catholic clerics”; Davenport, IO – A jury ruled against the Davenport diocese in the only Davenport abuse case against the diocese to date that went to trial. Affiliate Highlight: VOTF participated in a “very Catholic day” at Holy Trinity parish, Washington, DC where Ministry Day was a lively success.

Survivor Community News: A survivor found a parish priest who went the extra mile. Read Bob Schwiderski’s story; also, see the Philadelphia archdiocese initiative on behalf of survivors in DIOCESE/State Watch.

A case worth watching is just getting under way in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times reports that a priest “who was suspended from the priesthood after sexual abuse claims in 1991, says disclosure of the confidential files to plaintiffs suing him over the alleged abuse would violate his rights.” The priest has asked an appeals court to block the release of his church personnel file. Subscribers can access the full story here.

SITE-Seeing, Etc.

The Boston Catholic Men’s and Women’s conferences will be held on March 17 and 18, 2007, respectively. Registration will open on November 1. Boston Catholic Men website and Boston Catholic Women website.

America magazine, Sept. 25, published a Marci Hamilton article “What the Clergy Abuse Crisis Has Taught Us.” Subscribers have access here.

  • Also note the Sept. 18 issue of America: Read “Remembering Henri Nouwen” and a touching “update” on “Preaching: A Ministry (Still) in Distress.”

YOU are invited to participate in a new blog. Its home page notes an objection to the “culture of silence” in the Church and notes its 2002 statement “Ephphatha: Be Opened” that repeated Vatican II’s vision of a collaborative Church community.

National Catholic Reporter, September 8 issue: See Richard McBrien commentary “An episcopate anything but excellent”. Subscribers can access the text here.

Opportunity (Fr. Walter Cuenin) knocks: See Commentary – “An Invitation: Explore the Roots of our Faith”.

BOOK Notes:

The Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality was the brainchild of Sr. M. Madeleva, C.S.C. As president of St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, she initiated what was a pioneering presence in graduate theology. The lecture delivered in her name is sponsored by St. Mary’s Center for Spirituality; the lectures began in 1985 with Monika Hellwig’s address on “Christian Women in a Troubled World.” Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, associate professor of theology at Boston College, delivered the 2004 lecture “Women Shaping Theology”; her talk was recently published by Paulist Press in a small, readable book of the same title and available through

QUOTE for our time: “Do you know what you have done? You have moved a mountain. That’s what you have done.” Tom O’Neill, Boston, MA, supporter and adviser on Massachusetts sexual abuse statutes of limitations reform, when he heard about the passage of H5234. See more in DIOCESE/State Watch.

In the Vineyard
September 21, 2006
Volume 5, Issue 16
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