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.


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 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



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:
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Drexel Hill, PA 19064

The Rev. James Connell and Sister Maureen Paul Turlish of Catholic Whistleblowers call for justice for victims of sexual abuse. They are joined by Arthur Baselice, whose son was sexually abused by two priests at Archbishop Ryan High School. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Catholic group calls for Vatican investigation of former Archbishop Rigali

September 16, 2015

By Kevin McCorry | WHYY/NewsWorks

A coalition of Catholic advocates for victims of clergy abuse wants the Vatican to investigate former Philadelphia Archbishop Cardinal Justin Rigali based on a 2011 city grand jury report that found, under his watch, the archdiocese was keeping about three dozen suspected abusers in ministry.

The call comes in the wake of Pope Francis' June creation of a tribunal to probe cases where bishops were accused of covering up child sex abuse.

The 2011 report followed a damning 2005 report that found evidence of rampant child abuse and a systemic effort by church leaders to cover up the crimes.
"He was here when that report came out in 2005. It should have been his road map for what he needed to do to correct the church, to right the church. And that did not happen," said the Rev. James Connell, a retired priest and canonical lawyer from Milwaukee.

Rigali, who was archbishop of Philadelphia from 2003 to 2011, had been archbishop of St. Louis from from 1994 to 2003.

"There's other things both here and in St. Louis where priests were not removed, people were not warned," said Connell. "So all of that comes together saying: this ought to go forward."

The group, going by the name Catholic Whistleblowers, also called for the investigation of Cardinal Raymond Burke, another former leader of St. Louis Catholics.

Sister Maureen Paul Turlish of the Notre Dame de Namur order in New Castle, Delaware, said it's incumbent upon all concerned Catholics to show the tribunal that the status quo isn't good enough.

"If no one sends anything in, then whoever is on this board is going to say, 'Well, nobody said anything, so there's no reason for us to exist,'" said Turlish.

Arthur Baselice's son died of an overdose in 2006 after two Franciscan clergymen at Archbishop Ryan High School introduced the boy to drugs and sexually abused him for years.

Under Rigali's tenure, neither of the abusers were defrocked, and both remain in limited ministry.
"If you're responsible for a child's death because you started giving them drugs and you used your position as a priest to molest them and do unspeakable things, should you be protected or should you be ostracized?" said Baselice. "They're protecting them."

To hear an interview on WHYY with host Kevin McGorry and Sr. Maureen Paul Turlish and Arthur Baselice, click here.

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




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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

Please be sure to join us for the

October 2nd First Friday Vigil. Information on the Vigil is on the left side of this page

Responding to the Pope’s Challenge on Families,

the second annual Joan Bretschneider Lecture Series will be held at Saint Vincent De Paul Church on Sunday, October 25th at 1pm.
Anita Foeman, PhD, a scholar of intercultural and organizational communications at West Chester University and her husband Nate Terrell, LCSW, will lead the discussion focusing on our ability to support families as they face the economic, racial, cultural and gender issues of today.

Saint Vincent’s is located at 109 East Price Street in Germantown and a light lunch will be provided at 12:30 prior to the lecture. Childcare is available by calling Joy Wuenschel at 215-848-1139 before Saturday October 24.  The lecture is FREE but good will offerings will be accepted.  
For more information contact:
Joy Wuenschel
St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church
109 E. Price Street
Philadelphia, PA 19144

(right) Anita Foeman, PhD and Nate Terrell, LCSW

Marita Green (right) Chair of VOTF/GP is pictured with Larry Mulligan, Member of the Board of Trustees of VOTF National, during the Papal Visit.

(right) Marita Green, President of VOTF/GP introduces Mark Mullaney, National President of VOTF. Mark addressed the attendees at a reception VOTF/GP held during the week of the Papal Visit.