the beginning of God's creating of the heavens and the
when the earth was wild and waste,
darkness over the face of Ocean,
rushing-spirit of God hovering over the face of the
God said: Let there be light! And there was light."
Genesis 1: 1-3
6, 2004 - National
Review Board (NRB) releases the results of the diocesan
audits commissioned by the USCCB to monitor compliance
with the Bishops' Charter for the Protection of
Children. (Another USCCB-commisioned survey that
will catalogue sexual abuse cases is expected to
be released by the NRB on February 27, 2004.)
VOTF's response to this week's release of diocesan
****Survivor groups respond to NRB report.
See The Linkup response at www.thelinkup.org.
****The summary reports of the audits released today
by the National Review Board are available at the
website. Dioceses and eparchies are listed
officers for VOTF National represent the beginning
of a move away from a Boston-centric profile. Read
December 2003, VOTF President Jim Post recapped
VOTF's history and mission for the Annual Meeting
of the MA Chapter of the Association of Fundraising
Professionals. His talk "Lemons
to Lemonade" is the story of knowing where to
stand and standing precisely there.
Representative Council Minutes - Another ban lifted.
Good news announced at the December Council meeting.
After great perseverance by VOTF members, the Archbishop
of the Portland, ME diocese Bishop Gerry announced
that VOTF affiliates may meet on parish property,
if the pastor approves. Read VOTF statement. Read
of Goal #2 to undergo broad affiliate discussion
- priests and general membership will explore
the meaning and implication of the current wording.
Voices - The emergence of Boston VOTF is a little
like your oldest child leaving home - finally! Leadership
has emerged in this affiliate to lead and speak
for VOTF Boston as the RCAB continues to struggle
with its epicenter image. Read
Change Working Group to present document on
a first-step response to Goal #3. This national
effort has brought together Catholics from all over
the US to develop the Primer on Parish Pastoral
TN VOTF is talking with their bishop and making
suggestions for greater lay involvement. Some suggestions
have been taken up, but not with VOTF collaboration.
first-time meeting took place between the Archdiocese
of Boston and VOTF despite a continuing partial
ban on the use of Church property for VOTF meetings.
The meeting between representatives of the RCAB
and the VOTF Protecting Our Children working group
identified several areas of mutual concern and prospective
of Boston - planned parish closings in Boston
could establish a model for closings all over the
US. VOTF notes concerns for adequate parishioner
involvement and poses questions Catholic parishioners
might ask. Read
of the Month - a prayer for all seasons
Do You Think? A widely distributed letter
written by three MA priests challenged VOTF's Catholicity.
Theologian David O'Brien responds in our first point-counterpoint
to the Editor - One writer feels that VOTF is
falling off track and another found Peter Steinfels
book A People Adrift wanting.
looking for greater spirituality - will find hope
and opportunity around the upcoming National VOTF Conference
on Lay Spirituality planned for April in Chicago, Il.
See the November 2003 issue of In the Vineyard
or contact PrayerfulVoice@voiceof
congregations have been hurt by the crisis in the RC
Church - A Vineyard reader and survivor recommends
the book Restoring the Soul of A Church. Read
coming up include the continuation of the Boston
College initiative, "The Church in the 21st Century."
Conferences on healing wounded congregations; the role
of women in the Church; and ecclesial ethics. Read
more in Events.
Choice - two books that might be read in tandem.
They are compact, scholarly and telling: William D'Antonio
et al., American Catholics - Gender, Generation and
Commitment (Walnut Creek: AltaMira Press, 2001)
and Jay P. Dolan, In Search of an American Catholicism
- A History of Religion and Culture in Tension (New
York: Oxford University Press, 2002) Read
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