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In the Vineyard
Vol 2, Issue 5
came to His own people, and they did not accept him."
there are any lingering doubts that VOTF is, and has
been, changing our beloved Church and the way it has
operated to date, surely events of the past ten days
have laid those doubts to rest. The dialogues that have
taken place between leadership and bishops as well as
VOTF affiliates and their bishops are unprecedented
in content and direction. These meetings signal not
only a fresh understanding of Gospel values and the
role of the laity in the protection and invigoration
of those values but a promise of continued witness to
the crimes committed and a growing expectation for a
full "telling" by those clerics who engaged in what
appears to be a widespread, decades-long cover-up. While
the work is endless for VOTF, the energy in the organization
week brings an increase in the number of VOTF affiliates
around the country, a testament to the continuing
need for dialogue with each other, including Church
leadership. While eight of over 190 dioceses nationwide
have banned VOTF from meeting on church property,
Catholics in those dioceses gather elsewhere. Follow
these developments under Parish Voices on our website
and note the Cape
Ann, MA response to the bannings.
Charities, the social services arm of the Archdiocese
of Boston, is the largest non-government social
services provider in Massachusetts. The organization
was given a choice, as VOTF member Luise Dittrich
said, between "mission and submission" - pursue
its mission to service the needy or abide by Bishop
Lennon's directive to refuse VOTF contributions.
(Bishop Lennon is the Interim Administrator of the
Boston, MA archdiocese appointed after the resignation
of Cardinal Law. Earlier, Bishop Lennon had turned
down the same monies offered to the Archdiocese.)
Fortunately, for the neediest among us, the board
of Catholic Charities voted with near unanimity
to follow its mission and accept this quarter's
Voice of Compassion donation.
Jim Muller's two-hour
meeting with Cardinal Francis George of Chicago
and president Jim
Post's meeting with Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk
of Cincinnati sound a clarion call to Catholics
everywhere for active engagement with local and
regional Church leadership. That call is being heard
coast to coast - over 20 US bishops have met with
VOTF representatives, underscoring the place and
the need for continuing mutual education and honest
between laity and hierarchy.
commitment is becoming a hallmark of VOTF
activities in vigils and marches that model
Christ's ministry for justice.
of course, moves in different directions. VOTF
National says good-bye to our first Press Secretary,
a people of Promise, it would be counterproductive not
to hold dear the promise among us, struggling as it
is. Please support that promise
by your membership, your voices! and a donation
L. Thorp, ed.
of the Month
The Winchester, MA Affiliate shared these words of
Carlo Carretto, the great Italian spiritual writer of
the 20th Century. They were written in 1984.
much I must criticize you, my church and yet how much
I love you! You have made me suffer more than anyone
and yet I owe more to you than to anyone. I should like
to see you destroyed and yet I need your presence. You
have given me much scandal and yet you alone have made
me understand holiness. Never in this world have I seen
anything more compromised, more false, yet never have
I touched anything more pure, more generous and more
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