Voice of Faithful in Tucson

By Julie Prince,
KOLD News 13 [Tucson AZ]
Downloaded June 9, 2003

The Voice of the Faithful group started in Boston, after Cardinal Bernard Law's resignation amid a sexual abuse scandal.

Although supporting victims of church-related sexual abuse is still a focus, the group wants a bigger, overall change in Catholic churches.

A handful of Tucson area Catholics met Saturday, for the second time.

There are about 50-members in the local chapter's database.

Some of the attendees include frustrated and disappointed catholics, as well as a married Priest.

Voice of the Faithful organization members say they don't take stands on divisive issues, they simply represent the people in the pews, who want more power in the church.

Voice of the Faithful has three primary goals: to support victims of clergy sexual abuse; to support Priests of integrity; and to have lay women and men have meaningful participation in the management of the church.

Unlike some Bishops in other cities across the country, the bishop of the Tucson Diocese says he's willing to work with the local Voice of the Faithful chapter.

The first meeting between Bishop Gerald Kicanas and members of the Voice of the Faithful will be held in July.

One issue will be whether or not the group can meet on Tucson Diocese property.

The group has been banned from meeting on Catholic church property in several cities across the country.


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