Archive for March 1st, 2017

Marie Collins’ resignation today from Vatican commission is a blow to the Church’s child protection efforts

MarieCollinsWebShadowVoice of the Faithful is disheartened at Marie Collins’ resignation today from the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. The lone clergy abuse survivor left on the commission she expressed her frustration at the inability of the commission to move the Catholic Church to more universal and effective child protection measures and healing from its clergy sexual abuse scandal.

VOTF has known Collins to be dedicated to the protection of minors and a stalwart force against the Church’s intransigence in addressing clerical sex abuse. As the featured speaker at VOTF’s 2015 National Assembly, she expressed great hope in the Commission’s work and a willingness to be patient while the church worked to implement child protection measures globally. She also has supported VOTF’s Broken Vessels™ Healing Circles that offer a path towards healing for abuse victims/survivors.

“Marie Collins is strong, courageous, and persistent,” said Donna B. Doucette, VOTF executive director. “If she has lost hope because the Vatican bureaucracy is thwarting progress on child protection, Pope Francis should respond by firing all the Curia department staff who refuse to implement or delay programs that protect children. The Church cannot ignore modern-day prophets like Marie and still claim to care about removing clerical sex abusers.”

In announcing her resignation, Collins expressed dismay at the Commission’s progress, saying, “I believe the setting up of the Commission, the bringing in of outside expertise to advise him (Pope Francis) on what was necessary to make minors safer, was a sincere move. However, despite the Holy Father approving all the recommendations made to him by the Commission, there have been constant setbacks. This has been directly due to the resistance by some members of the Vatican Curia to the work of the Commission.”

Voice of the Faithful®: Voice of the Faithful® is a worldwide movement of faithful Roman Catholics working to support survivors of clergy sexual abuse, support priests of integrity and increase the laity’s role in the governance and guidance of the Church. More information is at Contact: Nick Ingala,, 781-559-3360

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Lent Starts Today — Begin with Voice of the Faithful’s Ash Wednesday Reflection

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Just as the Israelites were about to enter the Promised Land, God sent them back into the wilderness, to roam there for 40 years and learn what really matters: God’s faithful love and word. They were to become vessels “for lofty use, dedicated, beneficial for the master of the house, ready for every good work.” (2 Timothy 2:21)

The 40-day Lenten season is our wilderness, our time for introspection, and Voice of the Faithful has prepared several Lent reflections. Each Reflection web page will offer you a reflection, a list of liturgical readings, and links to liturgical readings on the USCCB website. You will be able to go back and forth through the Reflections by using links at the bottom each Reflection web page.

Just click here to get started …

We hope you will find these reflections helpful as you prepare to enter the peace of our risen Lord on Easter morning.

We are especially grateful to those who so generously shared their reflections with us so that we could bring them to you: Priscilla Deck, Mary Freeman, Pat Gomez, Margaret Roylance, and Susan Vogt.

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Clergy abuse victim, Marie Collins, has resigned from the Vatican’s child protection body as of today

Voice of the Faithful knows Marie Collins to be dedicated to the protection of children from clergy sexual abuse and the healing of abuse victims/survivors. That she has decided to resign from the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors shows how extremely frustrating the Catholic Church’s resistance to accountability and healing from the scandal has been. In an article in The Irish Times today she said it has been “just shocking to me that in 2017 I can still come across these defensive, inflexible attitudes in men of the church, the same attitudes I saw 20 years ago when I was trying to bring my own case to justice here in Dublin. That’s what’s really the most shocking.”

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