Voice of the Faithful

3 Powerful Reasons It Will Take the Laity to Renew the Church in Crisis, According to this Parish Priest

By Fr. Bill Peckman, Church.Pop.com, March 18, 2019 It is said that for the Catholic Church to be renewed it will take the laity. This is absolutely true for 3 reasons. 1) The laity make up the overwhelming amount of the Church. They have strength in numbers. This doesn’t mean that... read more

Catholics to rally Saturday in nation’s capital to request ‘worthy shepherd’ as next D.C. archbishop

By Doug Doug Mainwaring WASHINGTON, D.C., February 14, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Concerned Catholics will rally in front of the Papal Ambassador’s residence in the nation’s capital on Saturday to deliver a strong message to the Holy See that the Church needs a “worthy shepherd” to... read more

Lay Faithful Send Bishops a Message in Baltimore: ‘Silence Stops Now’

For the first time in recent memory, hundreds of lay Catholics gathered on the US bishops fall assembly to demand transparency and accountability following the sex abuse crisis and cover-up. Peter Jesserer Smith Blog |  Nov. 19, 2018 BALTIMORE — “If the laity doesn’t do anything, this... read more

Devolving doctrinal and disciplinary authority to the Bishops’ conferences is a dangerous idea.

By Voice of the Family ROME, October 17, 2015 (Voice of the Family) --In a now famous speech made in the Vatican Basilica on the eve of his election to the papacy, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger deplored what he termed a “dictatorship of relativism”. He remarked: Today, having a clear faith... read more

Old ‘Call to Action’ to break with Catholic Church: Founding of the American Catholic Council signaled the aim of creating a church both Catholic and American.

In January, ex-Jesuit Robert Blair Kaiser, co-president of TakeBackOurChurch.org, formally announced the American Catholic Council, "aimed at creating a new kind of Church, both Catholic and American." The proposal for such a council goes back to the summer 2007 newsletter of the Association for... read more

DAILY DOUBLE TAKE: Australian bishop with ‘doctrinal difficulties’ and ties to Voice of the Faithful banned from speaking by… Cardinal Mahoney?

Cardinal Roger Mahony has denied an Australian bishop permission to speak in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles after the Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference issued a statement warning of "doctrinal difficulties" present in the bishop's writings. In 2007 Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, the retired... read more

Voice of the Faithful gone but need for reform remains

"After Cardinal Bernard Law banned us from meeting in our own parishes, more than 70 people showed up at the Rose Baker Senior Center on Sept. 23, 2002, for our first meeting. After that meeting, the Revs. Richard Simeone and Lyn Brakeman invited us to meet at St. John's, and we were grateful for... read more

GOING DOWN SLINGING: Desperate and Sinking, Voice of the Faithful Calls For Priest Celibacy Rule Review

Voice of the Faithful, the lay group formed in response to the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, is calling for the Vatican to review the requirement that priests be celibate, saying the policy may have played a role in the scandal. The position represents a shift in the approach... read more

RUNNING ON EMPTY: Voice of the Faithful facing financial, membership crisis

Voice of the Faithful (VOTF), the church reform movement begun in 2002 in reaction to the nationwide clergy abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, is now in a financial and organizational crisis, according to a report recently posted on its Web site. Twenty-two attendees, including executives of... read more

Heterodox lay group Voice of the Faithful fades but just won’t go away…

Five years after Voice of the Faithful took root in the basement of a Boston-area church, the group's place in Catholic history remains unclear. Group leaders count 120 affiliates and 35,000 members. The lay-led grassroots group says it has achieved significant feats -- tougher sex-abuse laws,... read more

Parishioners in St.

Parishioners in St. Edmund's parish are organizing to protest the recently announced meeting of the heterodox dissenter group Voice of the Faithful (VOTF.) Last week's parish bulletin at St. Edmund's in Oak Park announced a meeting of VOTF from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, in Murphy Hall at the... read more