Saturday, August 1, 2009

Vote Of The Feet

The local Voice Of The Faithful (VOTF) plans to disband in Fall for lack of new leaders, today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
"It's regrettable," said Father Kenneth A. Milch [sic] of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Menomonee Falls, who sits on the board of the Milwaukee Area [sic] Priest Alliance [MAPA].

"Whenever a voice in the discussion of faith ... is quieted, then we're not as dynamic as we might be."

VOTF was founded in 2002 in response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church.
Peter Isely, of the local Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests [SNAP] group, said Voice of the Faithful had lost its focus and centrist roots, alienated conservatives and ultimately came to duplicate efforts of the reform group Call to Action.

If you look at CTA's list of Regional Chapters, one of the Wisconsin contact persons is Steve Gardipee. Last week's Good Shepherd bulletin thanks him for serving as recording secretary of the parish council. The next item in the bulletin is a blurb for this fall's CTA national conference. It looks like VOTF folding locally might not affect the diversity of voices at Good Shepherd.

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