I am sending you the following letter which I've placed in the hands of the Vicar General, Fr. Erikson, the Papal Nuncio, CDF, the Vatican, various media sources, my email list of priests and Bishops throughout the country. I have also enclosed a letter I sent out to the Cardinal and Vicar General, VOTF leaders, etc., early in the week.
Would you please take a moment to fax or call the Vicar General at the following number and express your desire to hold them accountable for the protection of children and our Deposit of Faith which we are entitled to under Canon Law?
Fr. Erikson may be reached at 617-254-0100
Fax - 617-783-4564
Thank you - Carol McKinley
Dear Fr. Erikson,
As promised, I have put together some background information on Voice of the Faithful which nobody in the truth believes is new information to anybody at the Chancery. Quite honestly, I believe if you open the filing cabinets and closets, the piles of papers documenting the victimization of spiritual abusers feigning sacraments, misguiding consciences, promoting amorality and immorality to adults and children, taking positions discrediting doctrine and dogma of our religion most likely double the size of that which documents the sexual abusers.
It is incredulous to continuously have to take time out of our lives and away from our children because we've again found chancery officials collaborating with Michael Paulson so the Cardinal can re-invigorate the formal and material heretics "helping" us out on the parish level and in their "living rooms" while the Chancery pleads ignorant.
I decided to clip quotes, rather than pdf - less work for me and easier to spread around the Internet.
I also promised you a list of questions which I believe you should take the precious time to find out the answers to, and report on it in the Pilot so everyone will know what each of the individuals who came answered the questions and how that formed your opinion about what to do with the paper piles at the Chancery of formal complaints about the people in Voice of the Faithful.
1. What sinful actions do you believe require the Sacramental absolution of the Church? 2. Do you believe Catholics are allowed artificial contraception? 3. Do you accept the definition of adultery as defined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church? 4. If a woman has had an abortion, what actions must she take to cure her excommunication? 5. If a 14 or 15 year old child tells you they are sexually active, what actions would you take? 6. Is a 14 or 15 year old child who believes they consented to the sexuality, a victim of statutory rape? 7. Do you believe you get to decide what 14 and 15 year olds are victims of statutory rape and what 14 and 15 year olds are not victims of statutory rape? 8. If you or any members of Voice of the Faithful have failed to report the State a 14 or 15 year old who has revealed they are sexually active - are they in violation of the law or diocesan policies to protect children? 9. How many VOTF members are working with Anthony Rizzutto to decide what gets reported to the Commonwealth? 10. Who has the power to perform Sacraments? 11. Is the Pope's teaching authority infallible? 12. How does one inform one's conscience?
Thank you in advance for taking the time to find out the answers to these questions and informing yourself of the situation we have in the RCAB.
In his book A Voice of Their Own: the Authority of the Local Parish, William A. Clark has written a powerful, inspiring, contemporary, ecclesiology based on a rich theological and practical examination of the life and authority of the local parish, of the authority of concrete human experience. Clark articulates the experience of so many Catholics who find the “real” church, the “genuine” church, to be the church they experience/experienced at the parish level. Clark helps us see that the universal Church is embodied in every local parish, and that every local parish defines the universal Church. Mutual respect and a renewed sense of mission should flow from this understanding.
Eileen McNamara, a Boston columnist wrote the following about Susan Troy:
There is no pretense here that Troy is a priest in the ordained sense; the bread these women break is consecrated by nothing more, or less, than their faith. The conviction that Troy is a priest in the spiritual sense comes not from any formal validation by the church but from the affirmation of those in her living room.
Those broader discussions are unlikely to occur at a chancery now in crisis mode, but they are on the agenda in Troy's suburban living room, where the Weston Jesuit School of Theology graduate leads a gathering of women in the liturgy on the first Monday of every month.
Here is a photograph of Susan Troy sitting beside Cardinal O'Malley taken by an archdiocesan photographer at her classes up at St. John's seminary where she is enrolled in the Archdiocesan Masters of Divinity program:
(I'll try to put up photo later- - not working right now)
Jan Leary of VOTF's steering Committee, who also has leadership positions in heterodox and apostate groups such as Call to Action, Women's Ordination Conference, Save our Sacraments, Massachusetts Women Church operations discussion and actions group meetings in our diocesan parish basements which were grandfathered prior to Cardinal Law's ban:
Also, please join us on Tuesday evenings at 7PM, when our VORenewal "Discussion & Action" Group meets, along with other VOTF Working Groups. During our meetings, VORenewal members consider various and diverse topics related to the mission and goals of VOTF. For more information on these meetings, contact Jan Leary at JanVOTF@aol.com.
Here is their latest round of talks about emerging models:
Saturday, October 28, 2006 Emerging Models of Church Location: TBA 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM An exploration of how faithful Catholics are practicing their faith while honoring their consciences, intelligence, and integrity. Panelists include:
Rev. James Callan Rev. Mary Ramerman Spiritus Christi Church, Rochester, NY; Old Catholic Church
On August 13, 1998, Bishop Matthew Clark, under pressure from Rome, removed Fr. Jim Callan as administrator after 22 years at Corpus Christi Church. The Vatican had trouble with three practices dear to the heart of Corpus Christi parishioners: the prominent role of women on the altar, the blessing of gay unions, and the offering of communion to those who were not Catholic....On October 15, Mary Ramerman was fired from her position as associate pastor...In protest of Mary’s firing, several women in the parish put on purple stoles, a symbol of women’s ordination, and continued to stand at the altar week after week...
By Christmas Eve, many people had decided they wanted to form a new community that would be inclusive. Disillusioned by the December 14 firing of the “saints,” the folks who had devoted their lives to serving the poor, parishioners wanted to move on and stop battling the diocese.
I would like to know what is going to be done about finding out from Jean Marchant what families were told she had the power to give the papal indulgence to dying relatives, and what restitution is going to be made to those families? Have you asked her the names of the people she used her position to withhold the last Rites of the Church validly from dying people? If not, that needs to be done. It is you duty to find out how many other women the Archdiocese is "letting help" at the invitation of the Cardinal as he dismissed the piles of papers we sent in documenting it for two years.
Here are several more articles with important quotes:
“We’re here to revive a very ancient tradition where the laity are intimately involved in the designation of the archbishop,” said local Voice of the Faithful leader Jim Jenkins.
Selecting a new bishop is the Voice of the Faithful’s focus right now. “Sexual abuse is not the biggest crisis in our church,” Vance-Trembath said. “A bishop’s deceit is the crisis -- because bishops did not tell the truth about priests abusing children. If we can have a say in who becomes bishop and what qualities they must have, we can end that crisis.”
The sex abuse was a symptom of a disease, which is an underlying system of absolute power and no accountability by the Church hierarchy. The early Christian church wasn't a monarchy or a dictatorship. The early American Catholic Church was more democratic. One diocese in South Carolina had a legislature with two houses - one for the clergy and the other for the laity. Only later were the laity disenfranchised. The laity is 99 percent of the Church. We need to return to those early models.
** Leonard Swidler, professor of Catholic thought at Temple University. Well-known for his work in the formation of a "global ethic" with dissenting theologian Hans Kung, Swidler is also the founder of the Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church (www.arcc-catholic-rights.org). As the chair of the association's constitution international drafting committee, he's responsible for drawing up a constitution for a more "democratic" church which includes the proposal for elected leaders; term limits for those leaders; a legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government; and opening up leadership positions to all people, including "women and minorities."
** James Carroll, columnist for the Boston Globe. Carroll, a self-proclaimed Catholic, was ordained a priest in 1969 but left the priesthood in 1974 and married before his laicization, effectively excommunicating himself. His columns in the Globe confirm that he believes in contraception, abortion, and women's ordination. Additionally, he rejects numerous fundamental Church teachings, such as the divinity of Jesus Christ. In a July 16 column, Carroll stated that at the VOTF convention, "deeper questions must be confronted as well -- the role of the laity in church governance, assumptions of sexual morality, the place of women, the pathologies of clericallism, the 'creeping infallibility' that corrupts church teaching."
** Debra Haffner, a member and former president of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). SIECUS promotes guidelines for sex education for children grades K-12, guidelines which approve of children ages 5-8 being taught that masturbation and homosexuality are acceptable practices. Not only that, they also urge that 12- to 15-year-olds be taught how to obtain and use contraceptives.
Haffner is also the cofounder of the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing (www.religionproject.org). The institute's "Religious Declaration on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing" calls for "theological reflection that integrates the wisdom of excluded, often silenced peoples, and insights about sexuality from medicine, social science, the arts and humanities; full inclusion of women and sexual minorities in congregational life, including their ordination and the blessing of same sex unions...[and] support for those who challenge sexual oppression and who work for justice within their congregations and denomination." Haffner has also been quoted as saying, "No matter what gender orientation you have -- bisexual, transgender -- no matter what sex you are, no matter what age you are, no matter what marital status you are, no matter what sexual orientation you are, you have a right to sex."
Fr. Erikson, How safe do you personally believe this for our children to be under the tutelage of VOTF members who believe these ideas and are now working with Anthony Rizzuto telling children what sexual touches are safe?
Do you personally believe that Mr. Rizzutto has the duty, in the face of the documentation many parents have sent him for many years about morally and sexually confused laity and priests, to examine the ideas of each and every individual he and the Archbishop have empowered to teach what touches are sexually safe?
Do you personally believe, Father, that people teaching children that they can tell a consensual act by the pleasurable feeling the touches bring out, whether they love that person, and whether at the time of the sexual encounter they believe they are consenting with their free will are safe environments for children? I do not know anybody who says they are skilled in protecting children from abusers who would answer in the affirmative, except for Cardinal O'Malley and Anthony Rizzutto and the feminists they brought who have side-car missions of promoting the legalization of prostitution and safe sex for children who are working to partner them with like-minded children while referring them to clinics who provide contraception and medical care when they get diseases or become pregnant.
** Tom Groome, professor of theology at Boston College. Groome gave an interview to BBC 4 World Forum on the sex-abuse scandal in which he commented on the Church: "Catholic Christians are...distinguishing between their faith in the tradition and their faith in the institution.... The Church is terribly important to us, but we won't exaggerate the importance, as it were, of the institution." On priestly celibacy and women's ordination: "I think that [priestly celibacy] has to be revisited, likewise the exclusion of women from ministry has to be rethought. But that's not a liberal position...." On ecclesial hierarchy: "I would love to see an overhaul in how our bishops are chosen because right now they're chosen by a kind of subterfuge -- a kind of backroom politics." And finally, on the pope: "I do think that the problem of an enfeebled pope becomes fairly trransparent, especially when the Church faces such a tragedy in a crisis time as we are in at the moment."
** Michele Dillon, professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire. Dillon has published several books, including Debating Divorce: Moral Conflict in Ireland; Gay and Lesbian Catholics; and Catholic Identity: Balancing Reason, Faith, and Power, a work focusing on why "pro-change" Catholics (such as those who support abortion, women's ordination, and homosexuality) remain in the Church.
That’s when the Vatican has said it will issue regulations banning men who are actively homosexual or have “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” from the priesthood. Catholic seminarians — priests in training — who say they are gay will be ordained, under the new rules, only if they have not had sex with another man for four years.
As a former priest who left the church to marry and raise a family, I am sadly sympathetic to gay priests who may quit rather than put up with these absurd and unenforceable homophobic requirements for ordination.
I've talked with several people who attended VOTF meetings. Contrary to what Post claims, they didn't find the open and welcoming atmosphere that VOTF touts; rather, when they tried to voice their traditional Catholic views, they were either silenced or booed right out of the meeting. Others found a similar dead-end on the VOTF message board, which was shut down shortly after criticism of the organization was raised. If anyone should be charged with "distortion," it's VOTF itself, whose claims of openness to all opinions are demonstrably untrue.
For example, the VOTF website (www.votf.org) lists some "highly recommended" reading for people struggling with the scandal, including Anthony Massimini's "Discerning the Spirit: A Guide to Renewing and Restructuring the Church." Massimini has an agenda, make no mistake about it. Take, for example, his comments on the defining characteristics of the Church hierarchy. He states that the present scandal has evolved from the hierarchy's "ignorance of the human body and sex; a mindset that degrades women and marriage; [and] a spiritually distorted, psychologically troubled view of celibacy."
Newton, Mass. – New questions about the fidelity of the reform group Voice of the Faithful have arisen following a one-day meeting June 7 of 45 Boston-area Voice affiliates. According to a June 7 press release from the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, keynote speaker Paul Lakeland, professor of religious studies at Connecticut’s Fairfield University, told the Newton gathering that Catholics were "suffocating from structural oppression" and advocated the abolition of the College of Cardinals, the ordination of women as deacons and lay participation in the election of bishops. And, Lakeland predicted, future priests would consist of "some married, some not; some straight, some gay, some women, some not."
Previous letter below:
``In response to a request by representatives of Voice of the Faithful, Cardinal Sean and Father Richard M. Erikson , vicar general and moderator of the curia, will meet with those representatives," O'Malley's spokesman, Terrence C. Donilon , wrote in an e-mail. ``By way of the request, the VOTF representatives expressed a desire to be helpful to the Archdiocese. Cardinal Sean continues to demonstrate a willingness and openness to dialogue, and is committed to vibrant parish life throughout the church of Boston. We welcome the participation of all people who wish to assist with this work."
Father - My prayers are with you for Friday's meeting. If there's anything any one of us who has been working for the protection of children up at the Massachusetts Legislature, in our communities and schools for decades, please let us know. Open up any drawer or closet, perhaps look under the carpets - and you'll find papers, three ring binders, books, reports, executive summaries, power point presentations, articles with the information and our names all over them.