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You Can Now Register for VOTF Synod on Synodality Input Sessions for April & May

Boston, Mass., Apr. 5, 2022― Voice of the Faithful has scheduled additional input sessions for the Synod on Synodality for April & May. The Synod is the most significant opportunity ever for the Church’s laity to influence the future of the Church. Anyone interested may note the following points and then register for one Set of two sessions using the links below:

Voice of the Faithful presents "Conversations on Synodality with Vatican Commission Experts"

BOSTON, Mass., Apr. 6, 2022― Voice of the Faithful is presenting a webinar, “Conversations on Synodality with Vatican Commission Experts,” on April 20 as one of the events marking its 20th anniversary in 2022. The synod theological commission members featured on the webinar are Rafael Luciani and Kristin Colberg. The theological commission comprises 25 experts in theology, philosophy, and canon law from around the world.

Voice of the Faithful schedules first of many Synod on Synodality input sessions

BOSTON, Mass., Jan. 19, 2022―Roman Catholics worldwide embarked in October 2021 on a two-year synodal journey, and Voice of the Faithful, an international organization committed to raising lay voices in governing and guiding the Church, has scheduled the first of many Synod on Synodality input sessions. The Synod, called “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission,” provides the most significant opportunity ever for the Church’s laity to influence the future of the Church.

Fifth annual financial transparency report shows progress, but improvement needed

2021 FWG Report for diocesan online financial transparency

This year marks five years that Voice of the Faithful has reviewed annually all U.S. Catholic dioceses’ online financial transparency. Over the past five years, according to VOTF reviewers, overall diocesan transparency scores have increased, and some dioceses have achieved considerable success, but much work remains to be done.

Re-Membering the Catholic Church

BOSTON, Mass., Apr. 13, 2021 – Voice of the Faithful’s 2021 Conference Re–Membering the Church: Moving Forward will look closely at the body of the Church to see how structure, power, participation, and accountability can be brought together within the Church to fulfill its mission of bringing Christ to the world.

Despite financial stress, many, but not all, U.S. dioceses post audited financial reports

BOSTON, Mass., Nov. 13, 2020―Despite financial stress from the COVID-19 pandemic and clergy sexual abuse settlements, the number of dioceses posting audited financial reports to their websites rose 5% in the past year, according to Voice of the Faithful’s 2020 study of U.S. Catholic dioceses’ online financial transparency.

Voice of the Faithful Statement on Release of Vatican's McCarrick Report, Nov. 10, 2020

Voice of the Faithful has long called for holding bishops accountable when they have covered up clergy sexual abuse or, as in the case of disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, were themselves guilty of using their positions of power to abuse minors and vulnerable adults. The Vatican today released its long-awaited report into McCarrick's case.

As the summary of the Vatican's report shows, the line of bishops complicit in covering up, and at least implicitly condoning, his behavior stretches from his peers in the USCCB all the way to the Vatican.

Restitution to be set aside for clergy abuse survivors a fraction of misused funds

BOSTON, Mass., Aug. 24, 2020 – Disgraced former bishop Rev. Michael Bransfield will pay only half the restitution his successor Bishop Mark Brennan approved last November, according to Brennan’s Aug. 20 letter, issued just days after Bransfield’s apology to Catholics of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, which sounded more like a confession that sins had been committed, just not by him.

Latest USCCB abuse audit report shows cover-up’s extent, 4,400 new allegations last year

BOSTON, Mass., Jun. 26, 2020 – The numbers tell the story. According to the USCCB’s 2020 Report on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, more than 4,400 allegations of Catholic clergy sexual abuse were reported over the single year ending Jun. 30, 2020, the period of the report, which was released yesterday.

The report said the actual number of child sexual abuse survivor allegations over the past year was 4,434, more than three times the 1,451 allegations in the 2017-2018 reporting period.

Eighteen years later, concerned Catholics still addressing clergy abuse

BOSTON, Mass., Mar. 3, 2020 – Eighteen years after The Boston Globe brought to light widespread clergy abuse in the Archdiocese of Boston and after a Pennsylvania grand jury investigation found credibly accused priests throughout the state just two years ago, Voice of the Faithful, founded within weeks of the Globe’s revelations, continues to address the scandal.

Voice of the Faithful members gather for 2019 Conference: Creating a Just Church

BOSTON, Mass., Oct. 3, 2019 – The present crisis in the life of the Catholic Church, which has been called the biggest “since the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century,” is drawing members of the Church reform group Voice of the Faithful together in the Boston area for their 2019 Conference: Creating a Just Church.

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