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News Release -- Irish Audits Show Clergy Sex Abuse Won't Stop Without Accountability, Independent Review

NEWTON, Mass., Dec. 1, 2011 – For 36 years, leaders of six Roman Catholic dioceses in Ireland not only mishandled clergy sexual abuse and were not held accountable for abetting abuse, but also failed to establish reviews totally independent of Church influence, according to Voice of the Faithful’s reading of reports by Ireland’s National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church released Nov. 30.

VOTF National Statement -- Nothing Has Changed at Vatican as Cardinal Law Leaves Basilica Post

NEWTON, Mass., Nov. 21, 2011 – Nothing in the Vatican’s response to clergy sexual abuse has changed with the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law from his post as archpriest of St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome, according to Voice of the Faithful, the worldwide Catholic Church reform movement.

VOTF National Statement -- The Catholic Church, Penn State and Rampant Child Sexual Abuse

NEWTON, Mass., Nov. 17, 2011 -- The recent grand jury account of child sexual abuse at Pennsylvania State University are as sickening as grand jury accounts of similar abuse by Catholic clergy in Philadelphia, Ireland, Boston and elsewhere, and the fact that the crimes were covered up is just as criminal, according to the worldwide Catholic Church reform movement Voice of the Faithful. But the reactions of leaders in these institutions were drastically different.

News Release -- Church Reform Group Identifies Serious Flaw in Bishops' Clerical Abuse Report

NEWTON, Mass., Nov. 3, 2011 – A serious flaw exists in the John Jay College report on the causes and context of the Catholic Church’s worldwide sexual abuse scandal, according to the worldwide Church reform group Voice of the Faithful. The report was made public earlier this year, and the VOTF board of trustees recently reached this conclusion after an internal committee studied the report for several months.

Voice of the Faithful National Statement -- Finally Accountability for a Bishop

NEWTON, Mass., Oct. 14, 2011 – Bishop Robert Finn and the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese were indicted today by a Jackson County, Missouri, grand jury for failing to report child abuse, the first time a Catholic bishop has been indicted on such a charge since clergy sexual abuse of children was first made widely known in the United States.

Voice of the Faithful National Statement -- Reform Movement Says Voices Heard with Rigali Resignation

NEWTON, Mass., July 20, 2011 -- Cardinal Justin Rigali’s resignation as archbishop of Philadelphia shows clearly that the Vatican is beginning to hear faithful Catholic voices, according to reform group Voice of the Faithful.

Pope Benedict XVI accepted Rigali’s resignation letter yesterday, July 19, submitted as required last year when he turned 75, several months before he was expected to step down. His successor, Denver archbishop Charles Chaput, was announced during an archdiocesan press conference, also July 19.

News Release - More Catholic Clergy Sex Crimes & Cover-ups Detailed in Ireland Cloyne Report

NEWTON, Mass., July 13, 2011 – Clearly Catholic bishops still do not understand how their actions put children at risk, said Dan Bartley, president of the worldwide Catholic Church reform group Voice of the Faithful, as Ireland’s government today released the Cloyne Report on Catholic clergy sexual abuse.

News Release -- U.S. Bishops Must Hold Each Other Accountable, Roman Catholic Reform Group Says

NEWTON, Mass., June 29, 2011 – U.S. bishops must finally institute strong measures of fraternal correction when bishops fail to follow their own Charter for the Protection of Children and Young people after clergy are accused of child sexual abuse, according the Roman Catholic Church reform and abuse survivor support group Voice of the Faithful.

News Release -- U.S. Bishops Meeting in Seattle Fail to Address Fundamental Flaws in Charter to Protect Children

NEWTON, Mass., June 17, 2011 – United States bishops failed to address fundamental flaws in their Charter to Protect Children and Young People during their spring meeting in Seattle, Wash., earlier this week, according to Dan Bartley, president of Voice of the Faithful, the worldwide Catholic Church reform organization.

Fund Benefiting Women in the Catholic Church Awards $10,000 to Wisconsin Woman Fired as Pastoral Associate

NEWTON, Mass., May 12, 2011 – A Wisconsin woman fired for no apparent cause from her parish position has been awarded $10,000 in the third round of grants from the Voice of the Faithful’s Emily & Rosemary Fund for Women in the Church. These grants support women who have lost employment in the Catholic Church because of injustice or discrimination.

Callard Named Voice of the Faithful Development Coordinator

NEWTON, Mass., May 6, 2011 – Sara Callard of Quincy has been named development coordinator for Voice of the Faithful, the 35,000-strong worldwide organization of Roman Catholics working to support survivors of clergy sexual abuse, support priests of integrity and reform governance and guidance of the Church to include a greater voice for non-ordained faithful.

Callard has more than a decade of fundraising experience and will be coordinating VOTF’s major donor efforts, direct mail appeals, e-mail solicitations and grant writing.

National Statement - Voice of the Faithful Finds Vatican's Rigali Appointment Disgraceful

NEWTON, Mass., April 211, 2011 – Voice of the Faithful, the worldwide organization working for Roman Catholic Church reform, views as disgraceful the Vatican’s recent appointment of Cardinal Justin Rigali, archbishop of Philadelphia, as special envoy to the bicentennial celebration of the birth of St. John Nepomuceno Neumann taking place in Prachatitz, Czech Republic, on June 18, 2011.

American Catholic Council Calls for Day of Prayer & Fasting, April 15

NEWTON, Mass., March 30, 2011 – American Catholic Council today called upon Catholics across the United States to set aside a day of prayer and fasting on Friday, April 15, for the renewal of the promises of the Holy Spirit in the Second Vatican Council. ACC is in the final stages of planning a national meeting in Detroit on Pentecost Weekend, June 10-12, 2011, to celebrate the spirit of the Second Vatican Council and to recommit Catholics to the renewal promised by Vatican II.

Voice of the Faithful Contributes to Extension of Virginia Statute of Limitations

NEWTON, Mass., Mar. 28, 2011 – An extension of Virginia’s sex abuse statute of limitations became law today with Gov. Bob McDonnell’s signature. Voice of the Faithful, the 35,000-strong international organization formed in response to Roman Catholic Clergy child sexual abuse, provided input as lawmakers debated the bill.

Voice of the Faithful Greater Philadelphia Recognizes Sister Maureen Turlish for her Work for Clergy Sexual Abuse Victims

NEWTON, Mass., March 25, 2011 – Voice of the Faithful Greater Philadelphia earlier the month recognized Sister Maureen Paul Turlish of New Castle, Del., a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, author, educator and clergy sexual abuse victim advocate, for her work for clergy sexual abuse victims. She received her accolades during VOTFGP’s annual spring meeting at Sugarloaf Hill on the Chestnut Hill College campus in Germantown, Penn., where she delivered a talk called “Justice and Renewal in the Church: A Journey.”