It’s been almost five years since Voice of the Faithful came together in Boston to call for a greater lay voice in the Catholic Church.
These days, you can’t say that VOF is thriving. The group has a tiny presence in most regions of the country and has hardly caught on in the Archdiocese of New York (there are only three or four chapters).
But Voice is surviving. An active group in the Diocese of Bridgeport continues to meet, bring in speakers and provide a lay voice — whether or not anyone is listening.
Tomorrow (Saturday, April 28), the Bridgeport group is holding a provocative conference at Fairfield University (in Fairfield, Conn.). It’s called: “Follow the Money: Financial Accountability in the Catholic Church.”
A few months ago, a Villanova University study found that, over a five-year period, money was embezzled from 85 percent of Catholic dioceses surveyed (45 percent of the nation’s dioceses responded). In 11 percent of the cases surveyed, the amount stolen exceeded $500,000.
Mary Pat Fox of NYC, who was elected national president of VOF last year, will speak about “Our role in financial accountability.”
A Jesuit, the Rev. Aloysius Kelley, the chair of Catholic studies at Fairfield U, will also take part, which some folks at the Diocese of Bridgeport probably won’t like.
The conference will go from 9:30 a.m. to about 4:30 p.m. at the Oak Room of the Barone Campus Center at Fairfield.
For information, go to the Bridgeport VOF “website”:http://www.votfbpt.org/ and look to the left.