Why is VOTF National being so low key in Walter's case?

Glory Days are gone  VOTF is still meeting at St. Eulalia in Winchester.

VOTF - OLHC Newton said that they would coordinate all efforts ,marches,

petitions ,and protests to reinstate Walter as if it was a grass roots effort

by the humble parish folk of OLHC - Newton.



Glory Days are gone

 VOTF is still meeting at St. Eulalia in Winchester.

 The crowd has dwindled to 35 regulars from 10 surrounding parishes.

 The over flow Glory Days are gone . Their mantra is he same.

 Keep the Faith. Change The Church.


 I went to the 3 October meeting. Bob Morris started exactly at 7:30PM .His hair

 has a little tinge of grey but the rest of the audience was awash in white.

 Bob Morris has been elected to The National Representative Council of VOTF.


 Only three were under 50.

 58 women,10 men.


 The increase this Monday is due to a very important speaker from VOTF


 Ray Joyce , VOTF executive director , one of only two full time employees all

 the rest are part time or volunteers.


 The VOTF operating expenses for 2004 were $ 714,015.00 .

 Salaries  were $339,105.00


 Ray Joyce , VOTF executive director spoke briefly then answered some questions.



Highlights from the meeting follow :


 1. They have to change their style to attract more recruits.[ see #4 ]

 Every one is put off by the bad karma given off by VOTF.

 They are held in low esteem by most Catholics across the country.

 [ I was shocked to hear him admit this ]


 2. There is a 10 year plan.

 It is unclear except that they are after our children and our grandchildren.

 over the ten years.


 3. Financial strong arm tactics are the only way to get the hierarchy's



 4. The Church has to change because VOTF will not change.

 There was no indication as to what was to be changed .

 [Everyone in the audience has their thoughts on what is to change.]


 5. How many priests support Walter ?

 Fr Cuenin was the center of most commentary and was always refered to as Walter.

 Seemingly , on a first  name basis with many in the assembly.


 6. Why isn't The Priests' Forum doing anything ?

 Ray Joyce , VOTF executive director reported that he had had a discussion with

 the Forum's leadership and it seems that they too are weak and held in low

 regard by the Faithful in general.


 7. A summit meting was suggested and the crowd roared approvingly . Again , all

 present seemed to have insider info as to what was to occur at the Summit



 8. Why is Walter trying to remain beyond his 12 years?

 One question that caused the 70 angst .

 The Chancery will be called to find out how many others have stayed beyond their

 12 years.

 There must be " Clarity around Facts."

  [ They must sit around a think up slogans for media purposes. ]


 9. A suggestion was made to not go to the Bishop directly but to a local priest , then

 the vicar , then the regional Bishop, Then the BIG "O".

 I am sure they meant Bishop O'Malley.


 10.Directives were given to go home and approach their parish finance committees

 for info as to how each parish is handling their finances.


 11. Structural change has not been defend as of 4 years.

 This third secret is a very sticky point with the gathering at  St Eulalia's.

 When the question was posed BY VOTF loyalists ,Ray Joyce , VOTF executive

 director immediately segued to the Grand Jury report in PA.


 This prompted a follow up question from the same woman.

 Who wags the tail?


 Is the tail wagging the dog?

 Ray Joyce , VOTF executive director responded


 From here Ray Joyce , VOTF executive director proceeded to explain that

VOTF has no hierarchy.


 All decisions are made at the grass roots level and implemented by those in

 positions of authority. [ VOTF HAS NO HIEARCHY ]


The operating procedures were then explained.


 6 Trustees never change

 4 officers do change

 14 regions across the country have 28 reps that change

 Bylaws are evolving.


 12. Why is VOTF National being so low key in Walter's case?


 Ray Joyce , VOTF executive director said

 that VOTF National as asked to keep out of the frey.


 Ray Joyce , VOTF executive director said

 VOTF at OLHC asked them to NOT get involved .


 Ray Joyce , VOTF executive director said

 That OLHC -VOTF says that VOTF National carries too much bad publicity.


 Ray Joyce , VOTF executive director said

 VOTF - OLHC Newton said that they would coordinate all efforts ,marches

 ,petitions ,and protests to reinstate Walter as if it was a grass roots effort

 by the humble parish folk of OLHC - Newton.


13. VOTF is always attentive to the spirit.

[ there will be no meeting on Halloween ]


14. Although 97.6 % of sexual abuse in Boston was homosexual pedophilia

Ray Joyce , VOTF executive director said  that homosexuality plays no role in the sex abuse crisis.



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Commentary from   Paul Anthony Melanson  Faithfulvoice NH


You can see more from Paul at his  Blog: La Salette Journey





Writing to the Ephesians, St. Paul said, "Putt off the old man who is corrupted according to the desire of error, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind: and put on the new man, who according to God is created in justice and holiness of truth" (Eph. 4:22-24).  And as Dr. Von Hildebrand explains, "These words of St. Paul are inscribed above the gate through which all must pass who want to reach the goal set us by God.  They implicitly contain the quintessence of the process which baptized man must undergo before he attains the unfolding of the new supernatural life received in Baptism." (Transformation in Christ, p.3).




Dr. Von Hildebrand goes on to explain in this work of critical importance that there is a certain type of man, "who, while not lacking a certain elan, refuses to take account of his limitations and is thus driven to magnify his stature artificially."  He continues: "Suppose he is present at some discussion of spiritually relevant topics: he will take part in the debate as though he were fully equipped to do so; he will claim impressions as deep as the others; he will not yield to any other man as regards intellectual proficiency or even religious stature.  Thus he works himself up, as it were, to a level which he has not reached in reality - and which he may not even be able to reach, so far as it is a matter of natural capacities.  He is not without zeal; but that zeal is nourished at heart by pride.  He misjudges the limitations of the natural talents which God has lent him, and consequently lapses into pretense.  He is fond of speaking of things which far transcend the limits of his understanding; he behaves as though a mere mental or verbal reference to such subjects (however poorly implemented with actual knowledge and penetration) would by itself amount to their intellectual possession.  This cramped attitude of sham spirituality is mostly underlain by an inferiority complex, or by a kind of infantile unconsciousness.  Stupidity in its really oppressive form is traceable to this pretension to appear something different from what one is in fact, and by no means to a mere deficiency of intellectual gifts." 9Transformation in Christ, pp.23-24).




Why am I relating all of this?  Because, Dr. Von Hildebrand teaches us that such false self-appraisals actually hinder our readiness to change or to "put on the new man" as St. Paul instructs us to do.  And what Dr. Von Hildebrand refers to as a "cramped attitude of sham spirituality" was clearly in evidence at the recent VOTF meeting held at St. Eulalia Parish.




My editor here at Faithfulvoice.com secretly attended this meeting and reported that the crowd has dwindled to 35 regulars from 10 surrounding parishes and that "their mantra is the same: Keep the Faith.  Change the Church."  This even though it was acknowledged that VOTF is held in "low esteem" by most Catholics across the country and despite the fact that everyone in the audience had their own thoughts as to what is to change.


The people who were in attendance at this meeting may have their own thoughts as to what must change.  But this is because they fail to listen to the Word of God as given to us by the Apostle to the Gentiles.  Insisting that it is not they who must "put on the new man" in Christ Jesus but that it is the Church which must change, these intellectually and spiritually cramped characters evaluate the abuse crisis within the Church and issue an arrogant vestra culpa (your fault) while refusing to issue a humble mea culpa (my fault).  These sophomoric souls, anxious to assign blame to the Church for the sins of some of Her members, forget the words of the great Cardinal Journet: "All contradictions are eliminated as soon as we understand that the members of the Church do indeed sin, but they do so by their betraying the Church.  The Church is thus not without sinners, but She is without sin.  The Church as person is responsible for penance.  She is not responsible for sins...The members of the Church themselves - laity, clerics, priests, bishops, and Popes - who disobey the Church are responsible for their sins, but the Church as person is not responsible...It is forgotten that the Church as person is the Bride of Christ, 'Whom He has purchased with His own Blood' (Acts 20:28)."


VOTF members will no doubt continue to live in denial while loudly proclaiming the need for "structural change" within the Church even while remaining unsure as to what this actually means.  This is why their movement is fast becoming a rotting corpse.  But there is another and no less important reason for their movement's decay.  And it is this: most Catholics in this country understand what they themselves do not: namely, that the Church founded by Jesus Christ the Incarnate Word is a perfect society which is immutable.


They know and understand this because such is the teaching of the Church.  It was Pope Pius XII, in his encyclical letter Mystici Corporis, who taught that: "..The Church, which should be considered a perfect society in its own right, is not made up of merely moral and juridical elements and principles.  It is far superior to all other human societies; it surpasses them as grace surpasses nature, as things immortal are above all those that perish...The juridical principles, on which also the Church rests and is established, derive from the divine constitution given it by Christ.."


Such authentic Catholics accept the teaching of Vatican I that, "...the pastors and the faithful of whatever rite and dignity, both as separate individuals and all together, are bound by the duty of hierarchical subordination and true obedience, not only in things which pertain to faith and morals, but also in those which pertain to the discipline and government of the Church which is spread over the whole world, so that the Church of Christ, protected not only by the Roman Pontiff, but by the unity of communion as well as of the profession of the same faith is one flock under the one highest shepherd.  This is the doctrine of Catholic truth from which no one can deviate and keep his faith and salvation." (Dogmatic Constitution I on the Church of Christ, Session IV).


VOTF rejects this clear and unambiguous teaching of Holy Mother Church.  This is why the movement is held in "low esteem" by most Catholics in this country (and beyond) and why their working papers are probably now being used to line bird cages. 




Paul Anthony Melanson


Faithfulvoice NH



The following is a letter of desperation from Jim Post of VOTF.



Membership HAS DWINDLED.

VOTF is hitting the panic button


Read and then write to Ray Joyce , Executive Director of VOTF

He will give your message to Jim Post.




Dear Friends,


 To paraphrase Thomas Paine, these are the times that try  our souls.


These words once stirred people to stand together and proclaim  their values. Perhaps they will do so again. Sixty five million  American Catholics have good reason to be riled up today.


The Catholic Church in America is at a tipping point. The  future of our Church, and our faith, is in the balance. Recent  events are shining the moral spotlight on all of us:

       Last  week, a grand jury in Philadelphia documented the cases  of  63 priests who committed hundreds of acts of  sexual  abuse. These crimes were aided by the actions of two  former cardinals whose efforts to cover up were condemned  by the  grand jury. As the report states, "... in its callous,  calculating manner, the Archdiocese's 'handling' of the  abuse scandal was at least as immoral as the abuse itself." Astonishingly,  the current archbishop of Philadelphia, Cardinal Justin  Righali, defended his predecessors and attacked the grand  jury for telling the truth.

       In Boston, Fr. Walter Cuenin, an outspoken and much-admired  priest, has been dismissed as pastor of a parish on trumped  up charges of financial impropriety. This smear was committed  by those whose own financial misdeeds include diversion  of assets from the archdiocesan priests' retirement fund.  Neither  the parish council nor the canonically-mandated finance  council were informed of Fr. Cuenin's impropriety or  the intended  action. Archbishop Sean O'Malley has refused to meet  with members of the councils, which staunchly defend  their pastor.  Adding insult to injury, Cardinal Bernard Law's former  spokesperson has been named pastor in a further affront  to the parish  community.

        In Chicago, eleven priests were  removed from ministry because of sexual misconduct with  children. However,  these priests  will not be barred from living with their brother  priests. Rather, Cardinal Francis George has pledged  to keep the priests that have been found guilty under strict  supervision.  It  is a promise Catholics have accepted -- and regretted  - before. Notably, the names of the eleven priests  have been made public.

       In St. Louis, the first of more than 200 American  seminaries was visited as part of a review and  assessment by a hand-picked  investigative team led by an auxiliary bishop of  Philadelphia. One purpose of the reviews is to identify  any gay seminarians  and to deconstruct factors that could theoretically  promote a homosexual atmosphere in the seminary.  There is no  scientific studycorrelating pedophilia with homosexuality.  Meanwhile,  the research study of the causes and consequences  of clergy sexual abuse that was promised by the US  Conference of Catholic  Bishops (USCCB), has yet to be funded. The seminary  visitation initiative has further increased the  climate of fear  and intimidation among those men who are celibate  regardless of their sexual orientation.


Is this the Church of the 21st Century?


These  events are not taking place in isolation. These are the "signs of the times" that move us to ask difficult questions about what to do in  reversing so many ill-conceived policies. At this time more than ever, "Accountability  Now!" must remain our collective focus. Voice of the  Faithful is working to ensure that sexual abuse is ended  in our Church, and that justice is done for survivors of  abuse and priests of integrity. But achieving accountability  in our church is going to take much more from all of us.


The bishops in Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago think the  laity can be ignored in dealing with substantive issues,  even when effective parish and finance councils are in place,  as in the Boston parish noted above. What are these bishops'  saying to the 35,000 lay ministers now working in parishes  across the US, the 18,000 preparing to assume leadership  roles in their parishes and dioceses, and the 100,000 catechists already filling the ranks of a declining priesthood? Let  these bishops know what kind of church you believe Christ  meant for us to be. Ours can be a Church of Fear and Repression  or a Church of Tolerance, Charity, and Justice.


Catholics must stand up and speak out because our Church  is at a crossroads. We can let it go down the road of clericalism,  repression, and fear, or we can follow the road built on  a vision of tolerance, charity, and justice. One is darkness,  the other is light.


I believe the actions we take in the months ahead will determine  whether our Church will make it possible, or impossible,  for children and grandchildren to practice the Catholic faith.  We must be better Christians, stronger Catholics, and architects  of a restored faith for our children. If we fail to act now,  we fail them.


Several months ago VOTF began the process of building a  national campaign for Accountability Now! We need you --  every one of you -- to work in this campaign for accountability  in our Church. Current events make the case for accountability  even more compelling. The action plans we are creating together  will help us to unite more powerfully in the months and year  ahead, and to stand together for specific outcomes and a  common purpose.


These  truly are the times that "try our souls" and  measure our commitment. We are not powerless. We have choices.  What choice will you make?




Jim Post



P.S. VOTF affiliates in Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago and  other communities are developing action campaigns. And be inspired by the message of Archbishop Oscar Romero,  who left these words of wisdom for all of us:


"A  gospel that does not unsettle,

 A word of God that does not get under anyone's skin,

 a word of God that does not touch the real sin of the society  in which it is being proclaimed. What gospel is that?


- Archbishop Oscar Romero, April 16, 1978