Spotlight movie promoting SNAP, you can too!

Don't miss this chance to be counted and to send a strong message! Please sign the petition https://takeaction.takepart.com/actions/tell-pope-francis-it-s-time-to-end-sexual-violence-in-the-catholic-church 

The movie Spotlight is appearing in theaters across the country. The film is amazing, informative, historic, powerful, riveting-you get the idea. It tells the story of the Boston Globe's Spotlight team award winning series on the sexual abuse of children by clergy and the cover-up by church officials. Eventually exposing 249 predator priests in just one archdiocese and writing some 600 articles on the subject in one year.

The film's creators have been touched by the stories and not only want to promote the film but also the work of SNAP to reach out to survivors and to protect children. This is where you come in.
--please post a note on your Facebook page about the movie encouraging people to see the movie
--send tweets to encourage everyone to attend
--go to the movie and bring family and friends
--sign the petition created by CCR, Center for Constitutional Rights and SNAP

Tell everyone you know to join in signing the petition, too. You know they care and would want to be counted. Post to your Twitter and Facebook accounts, too.

New Vigil Location!


The next Friday vigil is scheduled for February 5th,  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, first at the Archdiocesan offices, now at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, at 1723 Race Street. nearly every First Friday at noon for over 9 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

From National
Voice of the Faithful picks up where "Spotlight" movie ends
BOSTON, Mass., Nov. 17, 2015 -- Shortly after events in the just released feature film “Spotlight” end, Voice of the Faithful was born out of the anger and frustration of faithful Catholics at what had happened in their Church: the clergy sexual abuse of children and its coverup. Determined to remain faithful, but to address the wrongs, the movement supported abuse survivors and worked to reform Church structures that enabled the scandal. more


Message From the Chair
 
Dear Friends,

Voice of the Faithful is invested in a time honored practice of Restorative Justice that relies on storytelling and story listening to those who suffer from serious harm. Voice of the Faithful invites you to consider participating in the Healing Circles that can open a pathway to healing to those harmed in any way from the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. The next Healing Circle will be held in Philadelphia on February 6. Complete confidentiality will be honored. If you are interested in learning more, contact Bill Casey, b13909@comcast.net.

This is a good opportunity to free yourself from anger and sadness. Give Bill a call.

Thank you

Marita Green

SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINORS
BY CLERGY
IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA


Thomas P. Doyle, J.C.D., C.A.D.C.
May, 2015
 
Preface

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is one of the oldest ecclesiastical jurisdictions in the United States.  It was erected as a diocese in 1808 and elevated to an archdiocese in 1875.  It has long had the reputation of being one of the most staunchly "Catholic" and conservative dioceses in the country.

The Archdiocese also has the very dubious distinction of having been investigated by not one but three grand juries in the first decade of the new millennium.  The first investigation (2001-2002) was prompted by the District Attorney's desire to find factual information about sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese.  The second grand jury (2003-2005) continued the investigation that the first could not finish before its term expired.  The third grand jury investigation (2010-2011) was triggered by reports to the District Attorney that sexual abuse by priests was still being reported in spite of assurances by the Archbishop (Rigali) after the second Grand Jury Report was published that all children in the Archdiocese were safe because there were no priest sexual abusers still in ministry.

Most of what the three Grand Juries discovered could be found in nearly every archdiocese and diocese in the United States.  Victims are encouraged to approach the Church's victim assistance coordinators and assured of confidentiality yet their stories and other information are regularly shared with the Church's attorneys in direct violation of the promise made by the Church. more

Participate in VOTF's Restorative Justice Healing Circle in Philadelphia
 
Voice of the Faithful uses the time-honored practice of Restorative Justice that relies on story-telling and story-listening to foster healing among those suffering from harm. We invite you to consider participating in a Restorative Justice model known as a Healing Circle.   


Healing Circles can open a pathway of healing to those harmed in any way from the sexual abuse experience in the Catholic Church.


Victims/survivors of physical abuse and their parents, spouses, children, siblings; Catholics who are struggling to remain in the Church; Catholics who could not longer remain in the Church; and clergy and church workers who experienced retaliation for speaking up are a few examples of those experiencing harm.

The next Healing Circle will take place on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2015, in Philadelphia.

Total confidentiality is honored at all Healing Circles.


We know it's early to ask for registrations -- but preparations take at least six weeks, and we hope to get them started before the hiatus for Christmas and New Year's. So please do tell us now if you are interested!

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Bill Casey at b13909@comcast.net.  

For additional information regarding Healing Circles, visit VOTF's Healing Circles webpage.

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

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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.

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We work towards achieving our mission by pursuing three goals:

Support survivors of clergy sexual abuse                      

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Shape structural change within the Catholic Church