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Vatican Report Conciliatory Towards Nuns, But VOTF Joins Call for Removal of LCWR Mandate

Nuns in the United States can get on with their missions to those on the margins of society in keeping with the best traditions of their religious orders without undue Vatican interference—sort of.

The Vatican issued today, Dec. 16, a report on its six-year apostolic visitation to religious women in the United States.

Roman Catholic Church reform movement Voice of the Faithful® joins in solidarity with its U.S. sisters first in being encouraged by the report’s conciliatory tone and second in decrying this investigation in the first place and the mandate against the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

VOTF would like that mandate removed as soon as possible.

Click here to read Voice of the Faithful's full statement.

Affiliate Meeting Model

 Each of our affiliates develops a particular form of meeting that best matches their purposes and members' preferences. From time to time, we share those models with others. Many are suitable not just for a VOTF affiliate meeting but also for a parish gathering, a faith-sharing group, a day of reflection.

This month we feature a model from the Coastal Delmarva affiliate based in Bethany Beach DE. Their meetings, and their "ministry of reconciliation," include song, Scripture readings, prayerful silence, and shared reflections. We are sharing as a model the 2014 November meeting (you will recognize the autumn harvest graphic). Both are presented as PDFs: one designed to be folded twice to create a four-page booklet, and the other the guide for the meeting's leader. Our thanks to Skip and John Sullivan for sharing the affiliate's work with us.

Meeting handout

Leader's guide

 

Come to the Stable this Advent
with Voice of the Faithful®

Join Voice of the Faithful®, as we make our Advent journey to the stable where Christ was born. We are reprising and updating our popular Advent calendar reflections for 2014.

Each day during Advent, you can "open a window" on our vitural Advent caldendar. Each window will show a reflection and a selection from the readings from the liturgical calendar for that day to help you focus on preparing for the birth of Jesus.

If VOTF has your email address, you will receive an email each day during Advent, which contains a link that opens the window for that day. If you do not receive emails from VOTF, click here and use the links to click through the calendar.

Spend this time with us reflecting on the type of Church that Jesus would want to call His. Meditate and pray for the healing and renewal of the Church that we love so much—and consider the programs and activities on VOTF's 2014 Project Scorecard as potential sources of reform.

Come. Let us journey to the stable together. And when we arrive, may we renew our faith as we continue to renew our Church.

Bishop Murphy's comments on SOL reform are only latest Church salvo against abuse survivors

The Catholic Church has long sought to deny victims of clergy sexual abuse one of their only means of seeking justice--civil lawsuits. By fighting reform of state statute of limitations (SOL) laws, the Church helps prevent survivors from bringing suit against perpetrators and those who cover up abuse ...

Click here to read the rest of this statement from Voice of the Faithful®.

Inching Toward Accountability?

The Catholic Church seems to be inching closer to holding bishops accountable for involvment in covering up clergy sexual abuse. According to National Catholic Reporter, Cardinal Sean O'Malley has commented on a CBS News "60 Minutes" interview that Pope Francis is aware the Bishop Finn situation must be addressed. Cardinal O'Malley is the head of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Children and a member of Pope Francis' council of cardinal advisors. Bishop Finn is the leader of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese who was found guilty of improperly handling the sexual misconduct of a priest convicted of producing child pornography. Click here to read the NCR article. Click here to read a post-intervew story on Cruxnow.com, which includes a link to the "60 Minutes" segment.

VOTF Board to Elect Directors

In the spring of 2015, the VOTF Board of Directors will be electing members to the board. The roles and responsibilities of a board member can be found on our website by clicking here.

The board meets monthly, and members can come into the office for the meeting or call in on a conference call number. We also meet once or twice a year for a day and a half for a face-to-face meeting. This is usually in the New England area.

Board members are also active participants in one or more of the VOTF initiatives. A list of some of our key projects is available by clicking here.

This is a great opportunity to get more involved in VOTF. Our work is not complete, our goals are still valid. The Spirit is moving in the Church.

If you are interested in serving on the board, please send your contact information to mfreeman13@verizon.net, and we will call to discuss this further with you.

Thank you,
The Nominating Committee