In some dioceses, the most orthodox of critics, such as VOTF
, were not allowed to meet on church property.
Since its founding in 2002, VOTF
has grown to nearly 35,000 members nationwide and has had to expand its scope to include dealing with the financial crisis resulting from the scandal, especially after the announcement of 80 parish closings in Boston this year.
has members who also participate in progressive reform groups, the organization does not consider itself part of the progressive community.
Dan Bartley, president of VOTF
, believes he is fairly typical of the organization's members.
(8) Fred Martinez, "Is VOTFs
agenda stilt 'ultimately anti-Catholic'?" Conservative Monitor, September 15, 2003.
, Call to Action, and others insist this is necessary for healing, Aymond's committee has so far opposed disclosure because, he says, many of the priests are dead and there may be questions about the accuracy of some of the accusations.
In Boston, Voice of the Faithful (VOTF
) is the latest group to struggle with the reality that, in the minds and hearts of most of the bishops and the Catholic right, there is no middle road and no loyal opposition.
was banned from parish property by former Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned in 2002.
encourages parishes slated for closure to file a formal appeal to the Vatican in order to protect their rights and assets.
Members of reform groups like Voice of the Faithful (VOTF
), Call to Action (CTA), or Suvivors' Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) were rejected because the board "couldn't be seen as beholden to a group's agenda." One could wish that the board would have weighed the importance of "perception" against the potential benefits of having a SNAP or VOTF
member on board.
Now with more than 30,000 registered members in all 50 states and 39 countries, VOTF
has 210 affiliate groups organizing on a local level with the same three goals in mind.
While noting that Voice of the Faithful "remains one of the two or three lay reform movements still alive, barely," Appleby said, "VOTF
has been tenacious but not sufficiently national in scope and scale."