Monday, October 22, 2007

VOTF - National Conference News Wrap-Up

Catholic group accused of not supporting abuse victims

And since they've got no where else to go on issues...why not jump on the same old worn out issue---Allowing married priests may be group’s next goal

"Rev. Richard McBrien, a theologian at the University of Notre Dame and a longtime friend of the group"... again visits...celibacy:

There is another reason as well for reconsidering the rule, he said. In such a pool of men for whom lifelong celibacy is not a problem there is bound to be a disproportionate number of “sexually immature or sexually dysfunctional candidates,” he said. Opening the door of the priesthood to married men would broaden the pool of quality candidates, he said.

Nah....the issue is HOLINESS and Mr. Hayes hits it (DITTO!) :

Michael Hayes, managing editor of a Web site,, and author of Googling God, offered members in a workshop yesterday some of the challenges that Voice of the Faithful faces in trying to reach out to younger Catholics, particularly those in the so-called Millennium Generation, born after 1980.

In contrast to the Voice of the Faithful members, who are often perceived as more distrustful of authority, including church leaders, the Millenniums, said Hayes, are far more trusting of civil and church authority. They are more likely to get involved in helping one’s neighbor not because it’s a nice thing to do but because it is what Jesus asks of them, and far more comfortable than Baby Boomers to pray alone before the Blessed Sacrament and to seek out a priest for confession — all things the Voice of the Faithful members need to appreciate more if they’re ever going to reach a new generation.

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