Saturday, October 12, 2002

Law to VOTF: No. Yes. It depends.

Cardinal Bernard Law has barred new chapters of a Catholic reform group from meeting on church propery. The cardinal will allow existing chapters of Voice of the Faithful to meet in parish halls if the pastor approves, however. "Given the present state of the group as a national organization, I decided it would be inappropriate for new chapters to use church property until I had received further information about the Voice of the Faithful," Law wrote in a letter made public Saturday. Law also reversed a decision to ban Voice of the Faithful from meeting at St. Michael Parish, a church about 25 miles north of Boston, a move the reform group welcomed even as an official described Law's policy as "confusing" and "painful."

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