State Vs. Church in Connecticut? Try V.O.T.F. Vs. Apostolic Church in America…



      In Monday’s, March 9th, 2009, online edition of the National Catholic Reporter Tom Gallagher (VOTF) wrote the following within his article A Proposal: Look to Civil Law to reform parishes:

The parish is the primary institution where the church lives out its life. “The parish is a beacon that radiates the light of faith,” Pope Benedict XVI said in December. “Thus it meets the most profound and authentic desires of the human heart, giving meaning and hope to the lives of individuals and families.”

The pope speaks of an ideal. The reality in the United States’ 19,000 parishes is, unfortunately, quite different. Far too often, the local institution designed to radiate the light of faith is dulled by structures that impede the church’s mission.

      Mr. Gallagher is right. And those structures that dull the radiant light of our faith and impede the church’s mission are those structures of organized dissent such as the group he represents, Voice Of The Faithful (VOTF) in Connecticut, and other quasi-mason-like entities undermining the Catholic Church in America today. Groups such as (Fidelity Warning):

Accountability in Connecticut

      Despite perhaps the half-truth that the church-imperiling Bill #1089/2009, introduced in the Connecticut legislature by Rep. Michael Lawlor and Sen. Andrew McDonald (that would in effect order the Catholic Church to reorganize), is seen by many as pay back by Lawlor and McDonald in attempting to silence the Church over moral issues, it appears now that the full truth behind the impetus of this attack, (and those responsible for it), is beginning to surface.

From the Journal Inquirer :

HARTFORD – The co-chairmen of the legislature’s Judiciary Committee say a bill that Catholic bishops contend would strip the church of control over its finances did not originate from their desks and is not an “attack on the church.”

In a statement issued this afternoon, the co-chairmen, Sen. Andrew J. McDonald, D-Stamford, and Rep. Michael P. Lawlor, D-East Haven, wrote:

“It has been incorrectly characterized that this legislation originated from the two of us as an attack on the church and freedom of religion. That is not the truth, and the facts do not support such a claim.

“In reality, this bill was proposed and written by a group of faithful Catholic parishioners from Fairfield County who asked the Judiciary Committee to consider giving the subject a public hearing,” the statement continued. “Especially considering the fact that one of the large-scale embezzlements which gave rise to this proposal originated from a parish corporation in Darien, a town that Senator McDonald represents, we decided to give these parishioners a chance to present to the Judiciary Committee a case for their proposed revisions to existing corporate law.

“A lot of misinformation has been spread about this proposal, and we ourselves are still learning exactly what its impact would be. We are keeping an open mind to what these parishioners have to say about their church, and we respectfully ask that others give them the courtesy of listening to their proposed changes in the existing state law governing Roman Catholic corporations.

“We ourselves are questioning certain aspects of their proposal and even the constitutionality of the current law. Despite what has been portrayed, we have not endorsed nor are advocating for this proposal,” they added.

      On March 11, there will be a public hearing on this bill. Bridgeport Bishop William Lori and Hartford Bishop Henry Mansell are imploring Catholics to attend. Perhaps, then, we’ll discover the name of the “faithful Catholic organization” who approached the legislators with the bill. I’m betting, as I said yesterday, that this attack on the apostolic nature and authority of the Church was born from Voice of The Faithful. One thing is for certain, if it’s discovered to be true that VOTF is responsible for such public irresponsibility in attempting to harm the Church they should be held accountable, (and in full measure), by proper authority.

We believe in one Church

      Below you’ll discover why some years back Bishop Lori (with forthought) refused to allow VOTF within his diocese, and today it seems we know why. Here’s VOTF in its own words from a affiliate review:

When Bishop Lori learned of the formation of a VOTF Chapter, he was not supportive. He mentioned to Fr. Blanchfield that he was against it because of certain speakers who had addressed the National Meeting in Boston. In particular, Frances Kissling who had publicly supported Freedom of Choice in the past.

We asked for a meeting with Bishop Lori, but he sent his Vicar General, Fr. Cullen to meet with Fr. Blanchfield and our Board. We met with the Vicar General and Fr. Blanchfield at the St. Jerome rectory. Fr. Cullen told us that the bishop would let us meet on church property if we: 1) Changed our name from VOTF to some other name, and  left the National VOTF, and 2) each member of the Board agreed to sign some kind of affidavit affirming our agreement on several Church proclamations regarding abortion, birth control, women’s ordination, celibacy, etc. On the spot, none of us would agree to this, and the meeting broke up. Subsequently, Bishop Lori forbade Fr. Blanchfield from letting us meet on St. Jerome property or anywhere else in the diocese.

Bravo, Bishop Lori, Bravo.


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