Clerical Sexual Abuse: How the Crisis Changed US Catholic Church-State Relations
Speaker: Jo-Renee Formicola, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, Seton Hall University
Sunday June 7, 2015 / 3:30 PM*
Saint Mark Lutheran Church
100 Harter Road, Morristown, NJ
Dr. Formicola's specific field of expertise is Church-State relations. She has published extensively on social and religious topics related to the relationship between the Catholic Church and the American government. She is the author of: The Catholic Church and Human Rights (1988); John Paul II: Prophetic Politician (2002); The Politics of Values (2008) and Clerical Sexual Abuse: How it Changed U.S. Catholic Church-State Relations (2014). Read more.
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There is only one liturgy and presentation scheduled for June. VOTF NJ will have a summer hiatus during the month of July and will resume liturgies in August. Check the June and July Updates for more information.
SAVE the DATE! Saturday, October 3, 2015
VOTF NJ Retreat
Retreat Facilitator: Barbara Fiand, SNDdeN
"Know thyself" is a plea is a plea that has stirred human questing ever since it is claimed that Socrates challenged his followers to do so thousands of years ago. But what is our true self, and how can we approach it and embrace it in our time - with the insights that have been given to us in our age, especially in the area of holistic spirituality? During our time together we will reflect on this fascinating question especially in the light of what science tells us today about our fundamental interconnectedness, about the unfathomable Mystery to which even the most sophisticated scientific research must yield, about universal consciousness and the broadening of human awareness and the effects our intentionality has on the environment.
More information to follow.
Voice of the Faithful National Assembly
VOTFNJ members, Beatrice "Bunny" Mondare and Robert Hoatson attended the national assembly held in Hartford on April 18th. Bunny reported on the Keynote Speaker Marie Collin's presentation. Marie is a member of Vatican's special commission on clergy sexual abuse. She is a survivor of clergy sexual abuse herself and believes some bishops must be removed from office. Learn more. Read more about the Assembly here.
'50 Shades of Grey' is about abuse of power, not sex
by Robert M. Hoatson in National Catholic Reporter, February 26, 2015
Bob is President and Founder of Road to Recovery and a VOTFNJ Coordinating Team Member.
by Kenneth E. Lasch, Father Lasch Personal Website, February 25, 2015
RCWP Ordains 7 Womenpriests in Morristown
See video here.
Intentional Eucharistic Communities (IECs) are those small faith communities, rooted in the Catholic tradition, which gather to celebrate Eucharist on a regular basis. Born in the enthusiasm flowing from Vatican II for a church of the people, some IECs were instituted in parishes, some were created as alternatives to the parish, some retain close ties with the institutional church, and some function independently. Discover more.
Keep the Faith, Change the Church