Greater Philadelphia

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.

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

Catholics on the Edge, written by Tim Unsworth, contains an essay written about Barbara Blaine, the Founder of SNAP. For more information, click here.


Common Sense II - A Resource for Catholic Church Reform

By Charles McMahon

 

Rating:

Not yet rated. 

Published:

Oct. 21, 2013 

Words:

20,160

(approximate)

Language:

English

ISBN: 9781301191703

Price: Free

     This book aims to give Catholics the information they need to argue authoritatively for vital reforms in the governance of the Catholic Church. It calls for three fundamental reforms with regard to bishops, priests, and women, and supplies the background history of Judeo-Christianity that is needed in order for one to stand one's ground in confronting the hierarchy. To order, click here.

The next Friday vigil is scheduled for November 7th,  at 222 N. 17th St, Phila., at 12 noon.

 Archdiocese Building, 222 N. 17th St
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

UA-47098252-1

You Have the Power

A short documentary presented by Pennsylvania Representative Mark Rozzi addressing Statutes of Limitation Reform

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--XMGtFshhQ

This is a very sad time for Catholics in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. There are many complex reasons for the closing of so many churches. One of the issues I find so disturbing is that this affects every Catholic. I don't hear any mention that parish members were included in discussions of these closings. Also, I live in a parish that is immediately adjacent to a community which is experiencing the closure of three out of four parishes. There was no comment from the altar asking for prayers for these people. No reaching out of support for those affected. Where is the Christianity?
 
Nancy Mortimer O'Brien
4025 Kottler Drive
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444
610-825-0355, nancymobrien@comcast.net

   Founder of Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland, Father Tony Flannery was suspended by the Vatican for refusing to sign a statement stating that women should never be ordained as priests and that he would adhere to church orthodoxy on matters like contraception and homosexuality.
   “How can I put my name to such a document when it goes against everything I believe in,” said Fr. Flannery. “If I signed this, it would be a betrayal not only of myself but of my fellow priests and lay Catholics who want change.”
   “I refuse to be terrified into submission,” he added.
   Fr. Flannery preached retreats, missions and novenas, heard confessions and served parishes before his suspension.
   Fr. Flannery will focus his presentation on the real prospects for reform in the church in light of the Francis papacy. He will discuss the areas where reform is urgently needed and how these reforms might be brought about.
   This event is sponsored locally by Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church; Call to Action Philadelphia Region; Voice of the Faithful, Philadelphia; Southeastern Pennsylvania Women's Ordination Conference; and Dignity/Philadelphia.
   The Redemptorist priest will speak on Friday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m. at the University of the Sciences McNeil Science and Technology Building, 723 South 43rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495 (www.sciences.org).
   Register in advance at sepawoc@sepawoc.org or 610-825-0355. Everyone is welcome. Suggested donation is $10, or more at the door.

Fr. Tony Flannery speaks on Role of Conscience in Our Lives and the Future of Reform in the Catholic Church
Join Justice4PAKids on October 18th for

"Keep Your Kids Safe"

an information session featuring speakers Tammy Lerner, founding member and Vice President of the Foundation to Abolish Sex Abuse (FACSA). and attorney Daniel F. Monahan. Dan Monahan's law practice concentrates on representing survivors of child sexual abuse.

Dear Friends,

   Irish Redemptorist, Fr. Tony Flannery will visit Philadelphia on October 24th to speak as part of a tour of the United States.
   He will discuss his point of view concerning the reforms needed to enable the Catholic Church to continue as a Eucharistic community.  With the decline in the number of priests, we face a Eucharistic famine, unless some changes are made.
   Last year we heard Fr. Helmut Schuller from Austria with a view from Europe about where Church reform must head.  Now the picture of Ireland and its Catholic future will be brought to our community.
   Join us at University of the Sciences on October 24th at 7 pm for this interesting event.

Marita Green, Chair