upward ever upward
By Diogenes (articles) | Oct 17, 2007
Voice of the Faithful, the organization of reform-minded lay Catholics spawned by the priest sex-abuse scandal that erupted in the Archdiocese of Boston five years ago, will hold its third national convention beginning Friday at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
The two-day event, featuring more than 30 workshops and talks by such luminaries as the Rev. Richard McBrien, a theologian at the University of Notre Dame, is expected to draw between 500 and 700 participants, according to the group's president, Mary Pat Fox.
The number is only a fraction of the 4,200 who turned out for Voice of the Faithful's first convention at the Hynes Convention Center in 2002, but organizers say that should not be seen as a decline.
Five years ago: 4,200. Tomorrow: 700 max. And that, we're told, should not be seen as a decline. VOTF may not have replaced many career ecclesiastics as yet, but they're learning the language fine.
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