Bishop Lifts Ban on Voice of the Faithful Meetings on Church Grounds

By Catholic News Service
May 2, 2003

BROOKLYN, NY. (CNS) -- Bishop Thomas V. Daily of Brooklyn has lifted his ban on the use of church property for meetings of the Voice of the Faithful lay group. Bishop Daily said he made the decision based on the recommendations of a diocesan committee, headed by Auxiliary Bishop Ignatius A. Catanello, which met with Voice of the Faithful leaders. The diocesan Presbyteral Council also recommended a relaxation of the ban. "I am happy to report that the meetings that the committee has held with the leaders of VOTF in the Diocese of Brooklyn have been most fruitful," said Bishop Daily. "In lengthy sessions, marked on both sides by openness, communication and most of all the spirit of charity and a deep love for the church, they have addressed my concerns regarding the group, and have reported back to me the results of their constructive dialogue." Bishop Daily said he has found "that a number of good and dedicated members of the diocese, who were members of VOTF, were truly desirous to prayerfully reflect on our present ecclesial concerns and collaborate in strengthening the unity of our church." The bishop said he initially had concerns "about the purpose of the group, and the danger that individuals with other agendas -- some of them contrary to the teachings and discipline of the church -- might use these well-intended members of our loyal faithful as unsuspecting vehicles for the promotion of their plans."


Any original material on these pages is copyright © 2004. Reproduce freely with attribution.