Palm Sunday Meditation & Liturgy
Sunday, March 29, 2015 / 4:30 PM
St. Mark Lutheran Church
100 Harter Road
All are welcome!
TThe Christine and John Shelby Spong Lectureship
Sister Joan D. Chittister
"Who is God in an Evolutionary World?"
Thursday, April 23, 2015 / 7:00 PM
St. Peter's Epistopal Church
121 South Street
Morristown, NJ 07960
More information 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
Child Victim's Act
VOTFNJ Coordinating Committee member, Bob Hoatson, and clergy abuse survivor, Fred Marigliano, have been visiting members of the New Jersey State legislature in their district and Trenton offices to encourage them to vote in favor of "The Child Victims' Act" which would allow victims of childhood sexual abuse to have their day in court.
The legislation would allow any person who was abused in the state of New Jersey as a minor to hold his/her abuser accountable by bringing a civil action against him/her. Gaining access to the courthouse does not guarantee any childhood victim an automatic victory, since the burden of proof rests on the victim who brings the claim. However, access to the courthouse would guarantee the "fairness" to have victims' cases heard, a concept that heretofore has been denied to childhood victims of sexual abuse in the State of New Jersey.
VOTF members and their families are urged to contact their New Jersey State Legislators (Senate and Assembly) and request that they vote "Yea" for the Child Victims' Act, sometimes referred to as the "Statute of Limitations in Childhood Sexual Abuse Cases Act." Senator Joseph Vitale of Woodbridge has been the prime mover of this legislation for years and continues his ardent pursuit of justice for victims of childhood sexual abuse.
For more information or to get more involved in the effort to pass this legislation, please email Bob Hoatson at firstname.lastname@example.org or Fred Marigliano at email@example.com
Archbishop Myers' Mansion
There is a renewed effort to convince Archbishop Myers that his retirement home is neither in line with the Gospel message or the example of Pope Francis. People in the Newark Archdiocese willing to make their displeasure known regarding this matter please contact, Kevin Davitt at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Synod on the Family
"The Synod of Bishops, gathered around the Holy Father, turned its thoughts to all the families of the world, each with its joys, difficulties and hopes. In a special way, the Assembly felt a duty to give thanks to the Lord for the generosity and faithfulness of so many Christian families in responding to their vocation and mission, which they fulfill with joy and faith, even when living as a family requires facing obstacles, misunderstandings and suffering." Read more.
For a progressive point of view, check out the summary of Janet Hauter, American Catholic Council Chair.
Sign open letter to let bishops know the 2015 Synod on the Family needs broad input...
Voice of the Faithful®, along with 15 other Catholic organizations, is issuing an open letter calling on the world's bishops to widen the circle of auditors and experts invited to the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family.
In part, the letter states: "We urge the Vatican Synod office to make every effort to include a wide diversity of Catholics, especially those from the constituencies being discussed: divorced and remarried people; cohabitating couples; interfaith families; impoverished families; single parents; families with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members; same-sex couples; and families torn by the violence of war and abuse."
Click here to read and sign the letter and offer additional comment. You have until March 3. The letter then will be sent to all English-speaking bishops and Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops. The Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family takes place this October.
COR, to which VOTF belongs, also has put up a website to help facilitate input into the synod -- www.OurCatholicFamily.org -- And Click here download sample letters and resources from fellow COR member FutureChurch. These will help you communicate your views to your bishop.
Click here to view the Lineamenta the Vatican has sent to bishops around the world to outline the parameters of the synod and the process of collecting input.
Keep the Faith, Change the Church