New Vigil Location!


The next Friday vigil is scheduled for October 2nd,  at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 1723 Race St. Phila., at 12 noon.

PLEASE JOIN US!


VOTF of Greater Phila has maintained a prayerful vigil at the Archdiocesan office building, 222 N. 17th Street, Phila. nearly every First Friday at noon for over 8 years. We carry signs asking for more support for the survivors, financial transparency, and parish audits. We find that our presence reminds those in the building that this issue has not gone away. We stand with survivors and parents, hand out flyers, and pray together. Passersby stop and tell us their stories.


Contact Information:

Voice of the Faithful of  Greater Philadelphia

P.O. Box 391, Drexel Hill, PA 19064

484-472-7766

info@votfgp.org


Membership: 

Individual $20 yearly, 

Family $25 yearly 


To make a tax-deductible donation to
Voice of the Faithful
Greater Philadelphia
Please mail your check payable to:
VOTF GP, 
P.O. Box 391,
Drexel Hill, PA 19064

Activists urge Pope Francis to address sex abuse by clergy during U.S. visit

STEVE HOCKSTEIN/SPECIAL TO THE RECORD
Former priest Robert Hoatson speaks at a press conference hosted by the Catholic Whistleblowers Steering Committee to announce the filing of a case against Archbishop John J. Myers of the Newark Archdiocese on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 in East Hanover.

In what might be the first formal complaint to a new Vatican tribunal, an advocacy group for clergy sexual abuse victims on Wednesday called for an investigation of Newark Archbishop John J. Myers and his handling of child molestation cases spanning three decades.


Eight members of Catholic Whistleblowers, a national group of church reformists, said they would be filing an 80-page document detailing Myers’ actions in various cases in Newark and at his former diocese in Peoria, Illinois. On Wednesday, they hand-delivered a copy of their grievances to Myers’ spokesman at the Newark chancery and said they would send another to the Vatican’s top U.S. diplomat in the coming days.

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The first trailer released Wednesday for the film "Spotlight," which follows the Boston Globe's investigation into clergy sexual abuse in the Boston archdiocese in the early 2000s.

Trailer debuts for 'Spotlight' film on Boston Globe sex abuse investigation

We work towards achieving our mission by pursuing three goals:

Support survivors of clergy sexual abuse                      

Support priests of integrity     

Shape structural change within the Catholic Church


To All Members of VOTF:

The Philadelphia region is honored to host the World Meeting of Families (September 22-25) and the visit of Pope Francis (September 26-27).

VOTF/Greater Philadelphia is pleased to welcome members of Voice of the Faithful to Philadelphia for this historic week. We are looking forward to the opportunity to visit with old friends, and the chance to make new friends.

For those VOTF members planning to be in Philadelphia the evening of September 24, we hope you will join VOTF/Greater Philadelphia for a Reception. Please see details below:

 
VOTF Reception
September 24th ~ 4-7 pm
R.S.V.P. by September 20
Reply to Marita Green
maritag6@aol.com for directions.

The investigation began in 2001 and published its first stories in January 2002. The reports ultimately led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law in December of that year.
In addition, it also spurred a national review of the church's policy regarding sexual abuse by clergy, and at their June 2002 meeting, the bishops approved the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People," or Dallas Charter, and formed the National Review Board to report on dioceses' implementation of the charter and to study the sex abuse issue in the Catholic church. The investigation won the newspaper the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
The drama from Open Roads Films is directed and co-written by Tom McCarthy and features several notable actors and actresses: Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo, Stanley Tucci and John Slattery.
According to Variety, the film will debut premiere at the Venice Film Festival, which runs Sept. 2-12, and will also screen at the Toronto Film Festival later that month. It is set for a limited U.S. release Nov. 6, followed by a nationwide release Nov. 20.
[Brian Roewe is an NCR staff writer. Follow him on Twitter: @BrianRoewe.

Brian Roewe  |  Jul. 29, 2015 NCR Today

Greater Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA — John Salveson didn’t give up his obsession with the Catholic Church easily. There were polite letters in the early 1980s, asking that the priest who molested him when he was a teenager be removed.


His bishop wrote back, but the priest remained, transferring parishes through the late ’80s, according to a grand jury report. “Sincerely yours in Christ,” the bishop closed his letters.
Later, Salveson led a group that advocated for church reform. But by the mid-2000s, he had grown discouraged and shifted his focus to pushing for stronger laws and enforcement.more

By Michelle Boorstein August 13 | Washington Post

Whistle: Fr. Tom Doyle's Steadfast Witness For Victims Of Clerical Sexual Abuse
by Robert Blair Kaiser
Available on Amazon

July 29, 2015, 4:31 PM    Last updated: Wednesday, July 29, 2015, 7:00 PM
BY JEFF GREEN     STAFF WRITER | THE RECORD

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

TO PROVIDE A PRAYERFUL VOICE, ATTENTIVE TO THE SPIRIT, THROUGH

WHICH THE FAITHFUL CAN ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THE GOVERNANCE AND GUIDANCE OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.

NCR on Tap: 
A conversation with leaders and readers

Thursday, August 27
6:30 to 8:30 pm


McGillin's Olde Ale House
1310 Drury Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Join NCR readers in Philadelphia for a casual gathering at McGillin's Olde Ale House. Editor Dennis Coday will lead a discussion about the church. There will be a cash bar, and NCR will provide snacks.
This event is free of charge. Register now! Don't miss this chance to connect with other NCR readers and explore where the church is headed..

Advocates seek Vatican inquiry of Newark archbishop