Psalm 103

  Bless the LORD, my soul; 
  all my being, bless God's holy
  name! Bless the LORD, my soul; 
  and do not forget all God's gifts, 
  Who pardons all your sins, 
  and heals all your ills, 
  Who redeems your life
  from the pit, and crowns you
  with mercy and compassion,
  Who fills your days with good things, so your youth is renewed
  like the eagle’s.

  From our VOTF staff and volunteers:
  May you, the ones for whom WE give thanks, enjoy a peaceful holiday!

Bishop Murphy's comments on SOL reform are only latest Church salvo against abuse survivors

The Catholic Church has long sought to deny victims of clergy sexual abuse one of their only means of seeking justice--civil lawsuits. By fighting reform of state statute of limitations (SOL) laws, the Church helps prevent survivors from bringing suit against perpetrators and those who cover up abuse ...

Click here to read the rest of this statement from Voice of the Faithful®.

Inching Toward Accountability?

The Catholic Church seems to be inching closer to holding bishops accountable for involvment in covering up clergy sexual abuse. According to National Catholic Reporter, Cardinal Sean O'Malley has commented on a CBS News "60 Minutes" interview that Pope Francis is aware the Bishop Finn situation must be addressed. Cardinal O'Malley is the head of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Children and a member of Pope Francis' council of cardinal advisors. Bishop Finn is the leader of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese who was found guilty of improperly handling the sexual misconduct of a priest convicted of producing child pornography. Click here to read the NCR article. Click here to read a post-intervew story on Cruxnow.com, which includes a link to the "60 Minutes" segment.

VOTF Board to Elect Directors

In the spring of 2015, the VOTF Board of Directors will be electing members to the board. The roles and responsibilities of a board member can be found on our website by clicking here.

The board meets monthly, and members can come into the office for the meeting or call in on a conference call number. We also meet once or twice a year for a day and a half for a face-to-face meeting. This is usually in the New England area.

Board members are also active participants in one or more of the VOTF initiatives. A list of some of our key projects is available by clicking here.

This is a great opportunity to get more involved in VOTF. Our work is not complete, our goals are still valid. The Spirit is moving in the Church.

If you are interested in serving on the board, please send your contact information to mfreeman13@verizon.net, and we will call to discuss this further with you.

Thank you,
The Nominating Committee

Challenge Match

WOW! You are terrific!

We have met the donor challenge, which began with the Board matching the initial donation of $6,500 and YOU matching (exceeding) that $13,000.

Your total? $28,243 in the weeks from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15.
The grand total: $41,243.

A heartfelt thank you for all your generous support. We will keep you posted on the two specific projects we mentioned in the challenge, the Financial Working group's project and the Healing Circle model of restorative justice. You have made it possible to forge ahead with these and with projects in our women's roles, ordain married Catholics, clericalism, and many other programs.

Keep the Faith, Change the Church

Synod of Bishops on the Family

We have been treated over the past couple of weeks to a plethora of news from Rome about the Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the family. The synod wraps up on Sunday, Oct. 19. Click here to read the mid-term document the bishops promulgated Oct. 13 and the links below to bring you up-to-date as of Oct. 16:

Will Vatican's first criminal trial on charges of clergy sexual abuse signal new policy?

The arrest and initiation of criminal proceedings against a former papal nuncio for child sex abuse may signal the Vatican is ready to take substantive action on clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups instead of just talking about needed changes.

Click here to read the rest of this VOTF National statement.